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Off The Shelf

Off the Shelf is a new book discussion podcast series brought to you by The Conference Board. Each 30-minute episode allows our listeners to hear directly from authors of recently released books that focus on timely and relevant topics related to business management, human capital strategy, finance, the economy, policy or governance.

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Nick Morgan on How to Connect with People in a Virtual World

Join communication expert Nick Morgan as he discusses his new book, Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World, which outlines five big problems with virtual communication and offers entrepreneurs, business professionals, and managers a clear path forward for helping us connect better with others in a more virtual world. 


18 Jul 2019

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Anthony Mayo and Laura Morgan Roberts on Race, Work and Leadership

Race, Work, and Leadership is a rare and important compilation of essays that examines how race matters in people's experience of work and leadership. What does it mean to be black in corporate America today? How are racial dynamics in organizations changing? How do we build inclusive organizations? At a time when--following a peak in 2002--there are fewer African American men and women in corporate leadership roles, Race, Work, and Leadership will stimulate new scholarship and dialogue on the organizational and leadership challenges of African Americans. Join two of the book’s co-editors as they share insights from this indispensable reference for anyone committed to understanding, studying, and acting on the challenges facing leaders who are building inclusive organizations.


4 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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George Friedman on his new book... The Storm Before the Calm

Join The Conference Board’s Executive Vice President and Chief Economist Bart van Ark as he interviews George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, about his new book, The Storm Before The Calm. In his riveting new book, Friedman turns to the future of the United States. Examining the clear cycles through which the United States has developed, upheaved, matured, and solidified, Friedman breaks down the coming years and decades in thrilling detail.


26 Feb 2020

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Bob Hoffman, "Laughing at Advertising"

"Ad Contrarian" Bob Hoffman joins host JP Kuehlwein to discuss Laughing@Advertising, a collection of his most irresponsible and inappropriate blog posts, essays, and cave drawings. In a world overrun with "influencers," "disruption," and analytic mumbo-jumbo, Bob offers a hilarious, serious critique of modern advertising that touches on privacy, ageism, social media, and much more.


27 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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David Ulrich and Arthur Yeung on their new book, Reinventing the Organization

Hear from co-authors David Ulrich and Arthur Yeung as they describe why the traditional organizational hierarchy is dead and what replaces it. Discover a much-needed blueprint for reinventing your organization and learn how business leaders can build a new type of corporate structure that is much more responsive to fast-changing markets – and how they should lead it.


4 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Jennifer Brown on her new book, How To Be An Inclusive Leader

We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work? Join diversity & inclusion expert, Jennifer Brown, as she discusses her latest book which offers readers a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey practitioners must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive – and what leaders at any level can do to spark real change.


29 Oct 2019

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Annie McKee on her latest book, How to Be Happy at Work

Should we expect to be happy and fulfilled at work? In her latest book, Annie McKee makes the most compelling case yet that happiness--and the full engagement that comes with it--is more important than ever in today's workplace. Join host, Rebecca Ray, Ph.D., Executive VP of Human Capital at The Conference Board, as she sits down with Annie to discuss her new book and shed light on the powerful relationship of happiness to individual, team, and organizational success.


22 May 2019

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Allen Adamson on his book, Shift Ahead

Allen is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Metaforce, a marketing and product consultancy which, takes a multi-disciplinary and channel-agnostic approach to marketing challenges. Prior to this Allen was Chairman of Landor Associates, a Global communications and brand strategy consultancy.  But Allen has worked across agencies as well as on the “client side” of the industry, including at Ogilvy & Mather and DMB&B as well as Packaged Goods giant Unilever.   He is also an Adjunct at NYU’s Stern School of Business. The book talks about how organizations can avoid to become paralyzed by the accelerating pace of change in markets, customer needs, technologies and the business models they power.  Or, as the sub-title says: “How the best companies stay relevant in a fast-changing world.” Together with his co-author professor Joel Steckel, Allen uses first-hand accounts and detailed case studies to explain how these organizations recognize when it’s time to change direction, and how they pull off the feat of leaping forward while holding firm to a company’s reputation, credibility, and trustworthiness. The authors present a simple framework for maintaining the balance and flexibility essential to thriving in a marketplace where change is the only constant.


15 Jan 2020

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Dr. Max Mckeown on his new book, The Innovator’s Book: Rules for Rebels, Mavericks and Innovators

Anne Stevens, Council Director at the Conference Board talks with Dr. Max Mckeown on his newest book. Both enlightening and entertaining, Dr Max Mckeown delivers concise advice on how to move from original insights to new ideas, and from new ideas to valuable real-world innovation. You’ll learn how to increase creativity, understand the psychology of thinking differently, encourage collaboration, co-create with customers, overcome indifference, create an idea-hungry culture, rid yourself of “idea zombies” and get to innovation paradise. https://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Book-Rebels-Mavericks-Concise/dp/1912555433


5 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Lindsey Pollak on her book, The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multi-Generational Workplace.

Lindsey Pollak, a leading expert on the multigenerational workplace, speaks with us about her book The Remix and what leaders and organizations can do to move past stereotypes of different age groups and toward working together more effectively.  Learn practical insights on the multigenerational workforce on topics such as leadership, communication, and mentoring. https://www.lindseypollak.com/


18 Dec 2019

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Lars Sudmann on his new book, Innovation That Sticks

Margaret Murphy, our webcast & podcast Programme Manager at the Conference Board Europe, interviews Lars Sudmann on his new book, Innovation That Sticks. How do you innovate, how do you structure your organization, your team, your personal life? You need a detailed plan and everything laid out for the future! Really? Well, maybe not always. Maybe you need to operate also with the Spaghetti Principle. Discover how you can embrace this special principle and really make innovation stick. You can purchase this book at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innovation-that-sticks-Lars-Sudmann/dp/2874034878/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1581958993&refinements=p_27%3ALars+Sudmann&s=books&sr=1-1


17 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Art Markman on his new book, Bring Your Brain to Work

Join The Conference Board Senior Vice President of HR, Jennifer Tarlow, as she interviews author, Dr. Art Markman, Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor at the University of Illinois and Executive Director of the IC2 Institute, on his new book which examines three essential elements of a successful career – getting a job, excelling at work, and finding your next position – and expertly illustrates how cognitive science, especially psychology, sheds fascinating and useful light on each of these elements.


28 Oct 2019

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Prof. Michael Hüther on his new book, Exhausted Globalization

Join Prof. Michael Hüther, director of the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft, as he sits down with The Conference Board Senior Economist for Europe, Ilaria Maselli, to discuss his latest book, Exhausted Globalization: Between the Transatlantic Orientation and the Chinese Way. The book is a thorough reflection about the downturn globalization is going through. It investigates the reasons why globalization is losing energy and appeal, and sketches possible ways to make it more inclusive. This is not only about economics:  the authors looks at globalization not only as a process of economic integration, but also in terms of ideas and power structures.  


20 Nov 2019

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Amy Jen Su on her new book, The Leader You Want To Be

Join Amy Jen Su as she discusses her new book which offers readers five essential principles for bringing out your best self every day. Learn how to tap into and expand your leadership capacity so that you can be your best, sustain yourself, and thrive as a leader.


18 Nov 2019

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Bluford Putnam, "Economics Gone Astray"

Bluford Putnum on his book, Economics Gone Astray Join host and Senior Economist at The Conference Board, Ilaria Maselli, for an interview with Bluford Putnam, author and Chief Economist of the CME Group, as he discusses his latest book, Economics Gone Astray, which explores critical topics in macroeconomics that help readers to better analyze market behavior and the economic consequences of policy decisions.


11 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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John Lewis Gaddis, On Grand Strategy

Based on his legendary Yale seminar on strategic thinking (co-taught by Paul Kennedy and Charles Hill), John Lewis Gaddis discusses his latest book, On Grand Strategy, which offers readers leadership insights by surveying great historical figures spanning from Herodotus to Franklin Roosevelt – exploring the wisdom and temperament that led them to success, along with the mistakes that could lead current and  future leaders to ruin. 


15 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Jack Duggal on his new book, The DNA of Strategy Execution

What if we could decode the elements of management and strategy-execution? Join Jack Duggal as he discusses his ground-breaking new book which provides innovative insights for organizational project management and PMO. Discover new perspectives on age-old management challenges, illuminating better ways to organize and manage in an increasingly turbulent, DANCE-world (Dynamic. Ambiguous. Non-Linear. Complex. Emergent).


11 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Michael Beer on his latest book, Fit to Compete

Join Harvard Business School professor, Michael Beer, as he sits down with The Conference Board VP of US Councils and former VP of HR, Russell Morris, to explain why organizational silence has become the killer of many organizations. Learn how to build a culture where employees can freely speak truth to power, and senior leaders hear what they need to hear about their company's fitness to compete. Discover a time-tested innovative process that has been used by hundreds of corporations across the globe for holding these honest conversations, critical to the future success of your business.


11 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Veronika Hucke on her new book, Fair Leadership

Sarah Bond, Council Director for The Diversity&Inclusion in Business Council at The Conference Board, interviews Veronika Hucke on her new book, Fair Leadership. The book is aimed at business leaders who are curious to know how they can lead fairly and inclusively.  Grounded in well-researched data and theories, it is a much needed ‘how-to’ guide, full of recognizable challenges, practical examples and top tips for busy executives.


22 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Julian Guthrie on the women who took on Silicon Valley and built today’s most powerful businesses

Join author and journalist Julian Guthrie as she discusses her new book, Alpha Girls, which delves into the unforgettable stories of four remarkable women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male-dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time. 


5 Aug 2019

Rank #20