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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

    Lessons in Innovation from Bowie, Beyoncé, and More

    Lessons in Innovation from Bowie, Beyoncé, and More

    Panos Panay, incoming co-president of the Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys, and R. Michael Hendrix, partner at the innovation consultancy IDEO, argue that the music world offers myriad lessons for anyone looking to improve their performance at work. They explain how strategies long used by musicians -- from egoless experimentation to gathering talented teams for creative collaboration -- can be applied directly to business. Panay and Hendrix are the authors of "Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation."

    • 25 min
    Stop Networking, Start Connecting

    Stop Networking, Start Connecting

    Susan McPherson, communications consultant, says many people feel strange reconnecting in person with colleagues after an extended period working in physical isolation. To help shake off the rust, she offers simple tips in a “Gather, Ask, Do” method. It's not just about networking, she says, but about finding simple connection points with others that can truly help you succeed. McPherson is the author of the book "The Lost Art of Connecting."

    • 25 min
    Best Buy's Hubert Joly on Walking the Talk of Stakeholder Capitalism

    Best Buy's Hubert Joly on Walking the Talk of Stakeholder Capitalism

    Hubert Joly, former chairman and CEO of Best Buy, says that now is the time for companies to get serious about operating to benefit not just shareholders but also employees, customers and broader society. In the face of environmental crisis, racial turmoil, and rising economic inequality, he argues that leaders shouldn't debate whether or when to embrace this new version of capitalism. They should focus on how to do it. He says this starts with having a clear purpose and ensuring that everyone in the organization connects with it and one another. It also involves offering fair pay and opportunities for advancement and working with, not against, consumers, the community, the competition. He shares how these strategies helped turn Best Buy around despite the rise of Amazon. Joly is the author of the book “The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism” and the HBR article “How to Lead in the Stakeholder Era.”

    • 27 min
    Hybrid Work Is Here To Stay. Now What?

    Hybrid Work Is Here To Stay. Now What?

    Nicholas Bloom, economics professor at Stanford University, has been studying remote work and hybrid (a mix of remote and onsite) work for years. Then the pandemic made these modes widespread and lasting. He says as more organizations turn to hybrid work, they face difficult logistical, strategic, and managerial challenges. Bloom shares a guideline to implementing hybrid work plans, and helps managers think through these arrangements while balancing fairness to employees and organizational needs. Bloom is the author of the HBR article “Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days.”

    • 24 min
    The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 4

    The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 4

    Suddenly powerless in Tokyo prison after his arrest, Carlos Ghosn plans an audacious escape and flees Japan while out on bail. Out of reach of Japanese authorities, the once celebrated CEO of Nissan and Renault defends his legacy as he faces new investigations by French and other authorities. This final episode of a special, four-part series features Ghosn himself and examines whether system failures contributed to his downfall. Who gave Carlos Ghosn such extraordinary power? What can we learn from his story?

    • 34 min
    What Anthropologists Can Teach Us About Work Culture

    What Anthropologists Can Teach Us About Work Culture

    Greg Urban, anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, used to study indigenous tribes in Brazil. Now he hangs out in break rooms and boardrooms analyzing how people interact — and create and change culture — in organizations. He shares lessons and tips for managers to better understand and motivate their teams. Urban is the coauthor of the book "The Culture Puzzle: Harnessing the Forces that Drive Your Organization's Success."

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Inspired_listener ,

Great, well-timed and interesting episodes

I've really enjoyed the format, the content and specifically the host (Sarah). I wonder if she is permanently replaced or will be returning, she was excellent.

Gerry Lewis, CANADA ,

Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

Very real and practical advice. Love the idea of Output Management vs Input. How do I get a hold of Nicholas Bloom?

Whatthehell123@&$ ,

Carlos ghosn : unique series.

The special series was recommended by the After hours and it doesn’t disappoint! I love the depth of 4 part series offered. It’s an interesting real life story and offers some good moral in leadership and humanity. I wish the episodes can add more lessons learned from the leadership/management perspective. I hope more of these types of series are to come!

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