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Bestselling business author and unconsultant Bryce Hoffman talks about decision making, strategy, resilience and leadership with some of the world’s best CEOs, writers and thinkers in this twice-monthly podcast. Each episode offers new ideas and insights you can use to become a better leader and a better thinker – because bad leaders react, good leaders plan, and great leaders think.

The Thinking Leader Red Team Thinking

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Bestselling business author and unconsultant Bryce Hoffman talks about decision making, strategy, resilience and leadership with some of the world’s best CEOs, writers and thinkers in this twice-monthly podcast. Each episode offers new ideas and insights you can use to become a better leader and a better thinker – because bad leaders react, good leaders plan, and great leaders think.

    Episode 011: Bryce Hoffman on Red Team Thinking 

    Episode 011: Bryce Hoffman on Red Team Thinking 

    Welcome to another episode of The Thinking Leader podcast, brought to you by Red Team Thinking. In this episode, Red Team Thinking Vice President Marcus Dimbleby turns the table on Bryce and interviews him, discussing the origins of red teaming, why we need more critical thinking, how to enable distributed decision making and create psychological safety in your organization, why leaders need to listen, and why new ways of working can’t work without new ways of thinking. 
    Bryce Hoffman is a bestselling author and speaker, as well as the president of Red Team Thinking. Bryce calls himself an “unconsultant” and teaches organizations and individuals around the world how to engage critical thinking, enable distributed decision making, and encourage diversity of thought. Prior to founding Red Team Thinking, Bryce spent 22 years working as a financial journalist. In 2015, he became the first and only civilian from outside government to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite red team leader training program, then worked with renowned business leaders from around the world to develop a model for business red teaming that evolved to become Red Team Thinking. 
    In addition to his work with Red Team Thinking, Bryce lectures on red teaming worldwide, including at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Warwick Business School, and the National University of Singapore. 
     
     
    Top 10 Takeaways: 
    01:58 What is Red Team Thinking? 
    11:05 How Bryce learned about Red Team Thinking. 
    16:46 What is the difference between red teaming and Red Team Thinking? 
    20:59 Decision making should be a practice, not a process. 
    23:53 How to foster real diversity and inclusion – not just tokenism. 
    26:13 New ways of working require new ways of thinking. 
    27:24 Don't outsource thinking! 
    41:24 Daniel Kahneman and Red Team Thinking. 
     
    48:10 Leaders have to have the courage to ask the tough questions – and listen to the answers. 
    53:13 How to become a "thinking leader." 
      
     
     
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything, by Bryce G. Hoffman 
    American Icon: Alan Mulally and the fight to Save Ford Motor Company, by Bryce G. Hoffman 
    9/11 Commission Report 
    CIA Director George Tenet 
    Red Cell 
    General Peter Schoomaker 
    University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies 
    Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company 
    Detroit News 
    Dr. Daniel Kahneman 
    Dr. Gary Klein 
    Dave Snowden 
    Barry O’Reilly 
     
     
    Find Out More 
    Sign up for Bryce’s newsletter 
    Connect with Bryce on LinkedIn 
    Connect with Marcus on LinkedIn 
    Follow Bryce on Twitter 
    Follow Marcus on Twitter 

    • 59 min
    Episode 010: Zia Zaman: Pulling the Goalie in High-Risk Decisions

    Episode 010: Zia Zaman: Pulling the Goalie in High-Risk Decisions

    Welcome to another episode of The Thinking Leader podcast, brought to you by Red Team Thinking. In this episode, Bryce Hoffman talks with Zia Zaman, CEO and innovator, about the use of mathematics to make better decisions in times of high risk in an increasingly uncertain world – where everyone's affected.
     
    Zia Zaman is the CEO of Soteria, previously served as the CIO for MetLife, the CEO of LumenLab, and led the marketing strategy for FAST which culminated in a $1.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Zia has spoken at WEF Davos, IIF, Global Summit for Women, Milken, InsurTech Connect, and UN Women. He currently sits on the Board of the Energy Market Authority of Singapore.
     
    Top 10 Takeaways:
     
    01:37 The amount of uncertainty leaders are facing today is only increasing
     
    02:11 Every job function has become a more data-driven function
     
    05:06 A metaphor from ice hockey – “Pulling the goalie”
     
    07:13 The Poisson model vs. the Markov model
     
    14:35 Patrick Roy vs. Viktor Tikhonov
     
    17:00 Malcolm Gladwell and the “Pull the goalie” concept
     
    22:00 The Asness-Brown Model
     
    24:53 Applying this approach to investment strategy
     
    25:39 “Pulling the goalie” in business
     
    32:52 “Pulling the goalie” in public health
     
     
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    “Coach Markov Pulls Goalie Poisson,” by Zia Zaman
    Poisson Model
    Markov Model
    Asness-Brown Model, “Pulling the Goalie: Hockey and Investment Implications”
    Revisionist History, a Podcast by Malcolm Gladwell
    Patrick Roy
    Viktor Tikhonov
     
     
     
    Find Out More
    Connect with Zia Zaman on Linkedin
    Sign up for Bryce’s newsletter
    Connect with Bryce on LinkedIn
    Follow Bryce on Twitter
     

    • 56 min
    Episode 009: Rethinking Venture Capital

    Episode 009: Rethinking Venture Capital

    Welcome to another episode of The Thinking Leader podcast, brought to you by Red Team Thinking. In this episode, Bryce Hoffman talks with Mark McNally, founder of Nobody Studios, about his new vision for venture capital and his goal to launch 100 companies in five years. 
    Mark is a serial entrepreneur with a broad base of experience scaling companies from startup through multinational establishment. Mark’s first startup went public on the Nasdaq at the age of 24. He’s “challenging the status quo daily and creating rapid but healthy disruption.” Nobody Studios is unified by its principles of rapid and frugal innovation, a “people first” mentality, crowd first execution in everything, and transparency to its core.
    Top 10 Takeaways:  
    09:09 The strength of peer-led teams
     
    11:37 What’s wrong the way we create companies today?
     
    13:00 What is Nobody Studios?
     
    13:42 A new model for venture capital
     
    16:34 Empowering teams allows them to think differently 
     
    18:23 The power of checking your ego at the door
     
    20:45 The most important thing entrepreneurs need to learn do well is tell their story
     
    30:08 Should you go public?
     
    31:15 Red teaming venture capital
     
    33:45 How Wall Street screwed up venture capital
     
      Mentioned in this Episode:  
    Brought to you by Red Team Thinking 
    Nobody Studios
    U.S. Army PSYOPS
    Intervention in Haiti (1995)
     
     
    Find Out More  
    Connect with Mark McNally on LinkedIn 
    Sign up for Bryce’s newsletter 
    Connect with Bryce on Linkedin 
    Follow Bryce on Twitter 

    • 43 min
    Episode 008: Professor Virginia Cha: Coping with a Hyperconnected World

    Episode 008: Professor Virginia Cha: Coping with a Hyperconnected World

    Welcome to another episode of The Thinking Leader podcast, brought to you by Red Team Thinking. In this episode, Bryce Hoffman talks with Professor Virginia Cha of the National University of Singapore (NUS) about today’s hyperconnected world and the “AAA Mindset” she says leaders need to cultivate to successfully navigate it.
    Dr. Cha is a leading teacher of innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia, not only at the NUS Business School, but also at INSEAD and SMART, the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. She also has founded or co-founded multiple high-tech companies in Singapore and China, with listings on the NASDAQ and HKSE. She is co-author of the book, Asia’s Entrepreneurs: Dilemmas, Risks and Opportunities,  and she serves on the World Economic Forum’s Future Council.
    Top 10 Takeaways:
     
    [01:48] VUCAH: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and hyperconnectivity.
     
    [08:34] How leaders can cope with hyperconnectivity.
     
    [10:02] The AAA Mindset.
     
    [14:27] We have to admit we don’t know what the future holds.
     
    [17:16] The limits of AI and the ways human decision makers can leverage its promise.
     
    [19:28] The cognitive skills executives need to succeed today.
     
    [22:52] How to train your brain with “Architectural Reasoning.”
     
    [24:31] The problem with processes.
     
    [27:49] How leaders can overcome cognitive biases.
     
    [33:45] The “Three Gear Framework.”
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Red Team Thinking
    Thai demonstrators at the German Embassy in Bangkok
    VUCA
    PDCA
    Lean
    Agile
    James March and Organizational Ambidexterity
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Antifragility
    “Machine, Platform, Crowd” by Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson
    Cynefin Framework, by Dave Snowden
    Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints
    Kaizen Productive Thinking
    John Boyd’s OODA Loop
    Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
    Charlie Munger with Berkshire Hathaway
    Burroughs Corp.
     
    Find Out More
    Connect with Dr. Cha on LinkedIn
    Sign up for Bryce’s newsletter
    Connect with Bryce on Linkedin
    Follow Bryce on Twitter

    • 48 min
    Episode 007: Applying the Art of Diplomacy to Business

    Episode 007: Applying the Art of Diplomacy to Business

    Welcome to another episode of The Thinking Leader podcast, brought to you by Red Team Thinking. In this episode, Bryce Hoffman talks to former diplomat and executive Dr. David Landsman, OBE, about the lessons business leaders can learn from the world of diplomacy.
    David served as British Ambassador to Greece and Albania before transitioning to business, first as a senior executive with De La Rue plc, later as executive director of Tata Limited, the Indian conglomerate’s European subsidiary. He continues to share his knowledge and expertise as a strategic advisor, writer, and speaker on corporate strategy, (geo)politics, and reputation. David is the chairman of Cerebra Global Strategy and the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, director of Digital Cognate, advises for The India Business Group, and is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School.
     
    Top 10 Takeaways: 
    [04:00] The most important skill for diplomats is listening to other people and trying to understand their perspective.
    [06:18] Go and see things for yourself; don’t rely on subordinates to tell you what’s going on.
    [12:31] Cultivate “the diplomat’s mindset.”
    [18:37] Don’t just do something, sit there!
    [25:38] Everybody is motivated by something, so incentives matter.
    [27:51] How Tata made ethics a priority in business.
    [29:22] Using clear messaging to establish priorities.
    [31:35] How Alan Mulally used messaging and incentives to save Ford.
    [36:51] Sending the wrong signal is very easy.
    [38:18] Don’t automatically assume the other guy is mad or bad.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Red Team Thinking
    Genchi Genbutsu or “go and see”
    Alan Mulally & Ford Motor Company
    Human Terrain System
    Four Ways of Seeing
    Gillian Tett
    Yes Minister (1980s British sitcom)
    What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
    Find Out More
    Cambridge Judge Business School
    Cerebra Global Strategy
    British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce
    The India Business Group
    Digital Cognate
    Tata Unlimited
    Connect with David on LinkedIn
    Follow David on Twitter
    Sign up for Bryce’s newsletter
    Connect with Bryce on Linkedin
    Follow Bryce on Twitter

    • 43 min
    Episode 006: The Business Case for Love

    Episode 006: The Business Case for Love

    Welcome to another episode of The Thinking Leader podcast, brought to you by Red Team Thinking. In this episode, Bryce Hoffman talks to Marc Cox, president of The Company Spirit and the author of The Business Case For Love: How Companies Get Bragged About Today.
     
    Cox believes that the best companies succeed in part because they love their customers, love their employees, and build authentic relationships with both of these critical cohorts. He urges leaders to turn up the volume on emotional engagement in order to drive loyalty and boost profits.
     
    Bryce shares some examples from his own work of how successful leaders used love to not only motivate their employees, but also to rebuild damaged relationships with suppliers, dealers, and other key stakeholders.
     
    Top 10 Takeaways: 
    [2:00] Marc makes the business case for love.
    [3:10] Bryce talks about how Alan Mulally used love as a leadership tool.
    [5:02] Employees want to work for a company they believe in and can be proud of.
    [7:00] Customers want something more than a transactional experience.
    [8:03] BrewDog is an example of a company that “gets it.”
    [9:17] Gymshark is another one.
    [16:50] The best companies are those that remain rooted in their founding spirit.
    [19:49] Marc talks about how companies that have lost that mojo can get it back again.
    [28:10] Companies lose their way because leaders fail to recognize the emotional component of their businesses.
    [32:02] Marc explains how you justify the ROI in love.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Brought to you by Red Team Thinking
    The Business Case For Love
    The Company Spirit
    Brew Dog
    Gymshark
    Airbnb
    British Airways
    Bosch Global
    Orangina
    Crew Clothing Company
    East Midlands Airport
    East Coast Main Line
    Neverfail
    American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, by Bryce G. Hoffman
     
    Find Out More
    See what Marc has to say on LinkedIn
    Follow Marc on Twitter
    Sign up for Bryce’s newsletter
    Connect with Bryce on Linkedin
    Contact Bryce on Twitter

    • 42 min

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