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A Global weekly show interviewing authors to inspire, educate and inform the business world and the curious. Presented by the author of "Undisruptable", this Global show speaks of something greater beyond innovation, disruption and technology. It speaks to the human need to learn: how to adapt to and love a changing world. It embraces the spirit of constant change, of staying receptive, of always learning.

The Innovation Show The Innovation Show

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    • 4.9 • 94 Ratings

A Global weekly show interviewing authors to inspire, educate and inform the business world and the curious. Presented by the author of "Undisruptable", this Global show speaks of something greater beyond innovation, disruption and technology. It speaks to the human need to learn: how to adapt to and love a changing world. It embraces the spirit of constant change, of staying receptive, of always learning.

    Sally Susman - Breaking Through

    Sally Susman - Breaking Through

    The Power of Communication: Insights from Sally Susman, Author of 'Breaking Through'
     
    In this episode, Aiden welcomes Sally Susman, author of 'Breaking Through: Communicating to Open Minds, Move Hearts, and Change the World' to discuss the vital role of communication in professional and personal settings. Sally shares insights from her extensive career, including her experiences working with top leaders at Pfizer, Estee Lauder, and American Express. The discussion explores the misconception of communication as a soft skill, the importance of authentic outreach, the power of gratitude, and Susman's innovative approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sally also emphasises curiosity, creativity, and intentionality as key components for effective communication. Throughout the episode, real-life anecdotes and practical advice offer listeners valuable lessons on leadership and connection.
     
    00:00 Introduction and Guest Welcome
    00:39 The Importance of Communication
    03:24 Lessons from Estee Lauder
    06:09 Personal Background and Family Influence
    08:51 The Power of Gratitude
    13:15 Perfecting Your Pitch
    23:02 Humour in the Workplace
    29:36 Challenges at Pfizer
    32:03 Facing the Biopharma Reputation Challenge
    33:37 The Pandemic's Impact and New Leadership
    35:02 Albert Bourla's Bold Vision
    36:30 Revolutionising Vaccine Development
    37:25 The Media's Role in the Journey
    38:55 Pfizer's Transformation and Recognition
    40:46 Innovative Leadership and Personal Growth
    49:30 Curiosity and Creativity in Action
    56:47 The Power of Intentionality
    58:46 Concluding Thoughts and Inspirations
    Find Sally here: https://www.sallysusman.com/media/

    • 1 hr
    Rob C. Wolcott and Kaihan Krippendorff - The Proximity Revolution

    Rob C. Wolcott and Kaihan Krippendorff - The Proximity Revolution

      
     
    The Proximity Revolution: Transforming Industries and Daily Life
     
    In this episode, we delve into the proximity revolution with authors Rob C. Wolcott and Kaihan Krippendorff. The discussion centers on how digital technologies are expediting the production and delivery of customized products, services, and experiences, vastly transforming industries from agriculture to healthcare. The concept of 'proximity' shows promise in improving sustainability, optimizing supply chains, and enhancing customer personalization through innovations like vertical farming and on-demand 3D printing. 
     
    The conversation also explores the strategic implications of this shift for businesses, highlighting the importance of visionary thinking and practical applications. Tune in to discover how proximity is poised to reshape our world and what leaders can do to navigate these changes effectively.
     
    00:00 Introduction to the Proximity Revolution
    01:02 Meet the Authors: Rob C. Wolcott and Kaihan Krippendorff
    02:25 Defining Proximity: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime
    03:28 Real-World Examples: Coca Cola Freestyle and Vertical Farms
    06:09 Proximity in Agriculture: From Dubai to Your Dinner Table
    09:52 The Role of Technology in Proximity
    11:15 Proximity in Food Supply Chains: Efficiency and Sustainability
    12:50 Innovative Solutions: Haier's Peking Duck Challenge
    16:34 Moment of Use and Controlled Environment Agriculture
    22:54 Case Study: Interstellar Lab and Growing Food on Mars
    26:38 Why Proximity? The Drivers Behind the Trend
    27:00 The Shift in Global Conditions and Technology
    28:04 The Rise of Small Footprint Production
    28:42 Digital Proximity and Generative AI
    29:28 Geopolitical and Climate Drivers
    30:16 The Digital Customer and Predictive Analytics
    30:53 Domino's Pizza: A Case Study in Proximity
    33:26 Healthcare Revolution: Medicines on Demand
    34:52 On Demand Pharmaceuticals: A Game Changer
    37:37 Future of Healthcare: Predictive Monitoring
    42:53 Proximity Strategies for Businesses
    49:01 Investing in Proximity Innovations
    51:09 Conclusion and Where to Find More
    52:09 Bonus Episode on Proximity in Action with Dr Ian McCabe
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    EP531 Wendy Smith - Both/And Thinking Part 3

    EP531 Wendy Smith - Both/And Thinking Part 3

    Understanding Emotional Dynamics for Creative Problem Solving with Wendy Smith
     
    In this episode, Aidan is joined by Wendy Smith, co-author of 'Both/And Thinking,' to discuss the crucial role of emotions in addressing creative tensions and solving tough problems. Wendy emphasises moving beyond cognitive approaches to engage the heart, recognising and honouring emotions as vital to navigating uncertainty and innovation. The episode dives deep into actionable tools such as pausing to reflect, broadening perspectives, and dynamically adapting to changing environments. The episode concludes with practical insights from Unilever's approach to managing tensions under Paul Polman's leadership and tips for leaders to embrace paradoxical thinking in their organisations.
     
    00:00 Introduction to Embracing Tensions
    02:07 The Importance of Emotions in Innovation
    03:45 Tools for Comfort with Discomfort
    06:27 The Power of Pausing and Breathing
    15:08 Broadening Perspectives for Creative Solutions
    18:08 Navigating Organisational Change and Conflict
    19:46 The Role of Dynamism in Innovation
    22:56 Case Study: Honda's Emergent Strategy
    26:09 Case Study: Paul Polman and Unilever
    36:59 Leadership and Paradox Management
    48:17 Conclusion and Resources
     
     
    Find Wendy here:
    https://bothandthinking.net
    And Substack here:
    https://wendyksmith.substack.com
     
    Contact Aidan McCullen for Keynote Speaking, Corporate Workshops and Education Tourism to Dublin and California: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aidanmccullen/
    https://aidanmccullen.com
     
    Find the Innovation Show on Substack and Website: 
    https://thethursdaythought.substack.com
    https://theinnovationshow.io

    • 49 min
    EP530 Building an Ecosystem Playbook with Christine Griffin

    EP530 Building an Ecosystem Playbook with Christine Griffin

    Developing an Ecosystem Playbook for Corporate Innovation with Best Buy Case Study
     
    In this episode, we delve into the strategies corporate explorers need to develop successful partnerships and co-innovate to deliver value propositions to their consumers. Our guest, Christine Griffin, shares a six-step process for creating an ecosystem playbook, using Best Buy's expansion into the home health market as a compelling case study. We examine how Best Buy transitioned from a retail giant to an orchestrator of home health services through strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Additionally, we explore the importance of understanding value creation, identifying market breakpoints, mapping ecosystem players, and assessing financial flows. This episode also highlights the critical roles of scaling path, capabilities, capacities, and customer access in achieving business success. 
     
    Special thanks to our sponsor, Wazoku, for supporting corporate innovation.
     
    00:00 Introduction to Corporate Innovation
    00:39 Sponsor Acknowledgment and Guest Introduction
    01:52 Overview of Best Buy's Home Health Strategy
    03:16 Best Buy's Acquisitions and Initial Footprint
    03:55 Building Partnerships in the Healthcare Ecosystem
    05:12 Mapping the Ecosystem and Identifying Break Points
    10:04 Understanding the Players and Their Roles
    12:35 Evaluating Incentives and Profit Pools
    15:12 Developing a Scaling Path
    18:03 The Importance of Stakeholder Involvement
    19:46 Conclusion and Further Resources
     
    Corporate Explorers, Innovation Strategy, Innovation Ecosystems, Best Buy Case Study, Christine Griffin, Scaling Startups, Corporate Innovation, Business Ecosystems, Strategic Partnerships, Innovation Show, Wazoku, Sustainable Innovation, Hubert Joly, Ecosystem Playbook, Technology Adoption, Corporate Explorer Series, Corporate Strategy, Innovation Tools, Best Buy Health, Business Development, Innovation Leadership, Change Logic, Healthcare Innovation, Digital Health, Startup Scaling, Entrepreneurship, Business Growth, Market Strategy, Innovation Mapping, Corporate Transformation
     
    Find Christine here: https://changelogic.com/team/christine-griffin/
    Find Wazoku here: https://www.wazoku.com

    • 20 min
    Wendy Smith - Both/And Thinking Part 2

    Wendy Smith - Both/And Thinking Part 2

    In this episode, we are joined again by Wendy Smith, 
    co-author of 'Both/And Thinking: Embrace Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems.' 
     
     
    Wendy elaborates on the nuances between dilemmas, paradoxes, and tensions, emphasising that these terms are not interchangeable and revealing the psychological and practical implications of recognising and navigating paradoxes. Drawing from her personal experiences and research, Wendy illustrates how both/and thinking can be applied to career decisions, organisational challenges, and broader societal issues. She discusses the limitations of either/or thinking and the harmful patterns it can create, such as intensification, overcorrection, and polarisation. 
     
    Using examples from companies like Lego and Gore, Wendy shows how balancing tradition and innovation, centralisation and decentralisation, and other competing demands can lead to more sustainable success. The conversation also delves into the four types of paradoxes: learning, performing, organising, and belonging, and explores strategies to manage these tensions effectively. 
     
    This episode is essential for anyone facing complex decisions in their personal or professional life.
     
    00:00 Introduction to Both/And Thinking
    00:12 Understanding Tensions and Dilemmas
    03:08 Defining Paradox and Its Importance
    05:23 Embracing Paradoxes in Real Life
    08:00 Conditions That Highlight Paradoxes
    16:51 Exploring the Four Types of Paradoxes
    23:28 Navigating Organisational Paradoxes
    31:23 The Paradox System Framework
    36:57 Lego's Journey Through Paradox
    45:40 Conclusion and Further Resources
     
    Find Wendy here: https://bothandthinking.net/book/
    And on Substack here: https://wendyksmith.substack.com
     
    Wendy Smith, Both and Thinking, Aidan McCullen, innovation, paradox, decision making, leadership, career challenges, tension management, creativity, organisational behaviour, success, problem solving, conflict resolution

    • 47 min
    Wendy Smith - Both/And Thinking Part1

    Wendy Smith - Both/And Thinking Part1

    In this episode, we are joined by Wendy Smith, co-author of 'Both/And Thinking: Embrace Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems.' Wendy elaborates on the nuances between dilemmas, paradoxes, and tensions, emphasising that these terms are not interchangeable and revealing the psychological and practical implications of recognising and navigating paradoxes. Drawing from her personal experiences and research, Wendy illustrates how both/and thinking can be applied to career decisions, organisational challenges, and broader societal issues. She discusses the limitations of either/or thinking and the harmful patterns it can create, such as intensification, overcorrection, and polarisation. Using examples from companies like Lego and Gore, Wendy shows how balancing tradition and innovation, centralisation and decentralisation, and other competing demands can lead to more sustainable success. The conversation also delves into the four types of paradoxes: learning, performing, organising, and belonging, and explores strategies to manage these tensions effectively. This episode is essential for anyone facing complex decisions in their personal or professional life. 00:00 Introduction to Both/And Thinking 00:12 Understanding Tensions and Dilemmas 03:08 Defining Paradox and Its Importance 05:23 Embracing Paradoxes in Real Life 08:00 Conditions That Highlight Paradoxes 16:51 Exploring the Four Types of Paradoxes 23:28 Navigating Organisational Paradoxes 31:23 The Paradox System Framework 36:57 Lego's Journey Through Paradox 45:40 Conclusion and Further Resources

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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94 Ratings

94 Ratings

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Excellent Content!

Aidan is a very inspiring and engaging individual. I enjoy listening to some of his podcasts in my spare time.

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Best of its kind

Every guest Aidan has on is someone I want to spend time with. For anyone involved in change or innovation, or just anyone emotionally invested in what they do, I would highly recommend the Innovation Show. It’s got me reading more, writing more, thinking more and stressing less.

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