The National Business Book Award has teamed up with Church+State Podcasts to create a series highlighting the 2019 finalists, and the stories behind their noteworthy books.
NBBA: Curating the Business Conversation is hosted by entrepreneur and innovation expert Mitch Joel, a recipient of the highly prestigious Top 40 Under 40 and whose business book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one the best business books of 2013 by Amazon.
In every episode, Mitch speaks with an NBBA finalist about their book, to get the story behind the story: Why was it important to share, and what can their book tell us about the world we’re living in today?
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This series was produced by Church+State Podcasts. Theme music by Patrick O'Reilly. Illustration by Pui Yan Fong.
Right Hand Man with Phil Lind
Phil Lind worked with Ted Rogers to build one of Canada's most iconic media brands. The NBBA-finalist sits down with host Mitch Joel to speak about his book, Right Hand Man: How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada's Foremost Entrepreneur.
Hockey Fight in Canada with David Shoalts
For over 60 years, CBC hosted the iconic Hockey Night In Canada. But in 2013, the NHL chose Rogers to take over as its national broadcaster. Longtime Globe and Mail hockey columnist—and NBBA finalist—David Shoalts takes host Mitch Joel off the ice, and into the boardroom, to discuss the NHL's surprising decision, the tense media faceoff that lead up to it, and the future of Canada's quintessential sports show.
Railroader with Howard Green
Hunter Harrison got an antiquated industry back on track after pioneering precision scheduled railroading, and executing turnarounds at four major railroads. And while the brash, outspoken leader shook up the business from Memphis to Montreal, not everyone agreed with his approach. Author and NBBA finalist, Howard Green, sits down with host Mitch Joel, to speak about his biography, Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison.
Meltdown with Chris Clearfield
As our systems—and our lives—become more complex, so do our failures. Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik are the co-authors of Meltdown, and the winners of the 2019 National Business Book Award. Chris speaks with host Mitch Joel about what we can learn by analyzing some of businesses' biggest mistakes—from oil spills and plane crashes, to social media missteps and misconduct.
Looking for Bootstraps with Donald Savoie
In this episode, Mitch speaks with Donald Savoie, Order of Canada recipient and author of 45(!) books, including the NBBA-nominated Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes. Here Savoie speaks on the economic history and future of the region, including the push-pull relationship between locals and shale gas; the cultural secret to combating brain-drain among young Maritimers; why the conversations about national unity in Canada don’t often focus on Atlantic Canada and the ultimate value of an economic union within the Maritimes. Produced by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson for Church + State.
Stumbling Giants with James Darroch
In this episode, Mitch talks to James Darroch, co-author with Patricia Meredith, of Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age. James speaks on how Canada’s Big Six banks are scrambling to improve customer service in an age of digital immediacy; how when banks acquire fintechs to remember the importance of striking a balance between evolving the platform and retaining those who made it; and what the new digital wallets, like Apple Pay and Google pay, can learn from the original ATM boom. Produced by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson for Church + State.