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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

    • Technology
    • 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.

    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
    Getting the Senior Team Onboard with Alexander Pett

    Getting the Senior Team Onboard with Alexander Pett

    Mastering High-Stakes Conversations for Corporate Innovation
    In this episode, we dive into the essential techniques for leading high-stakes conversations to secure senior-level commitment to corporate innovation. Our guest, Alexander Pett, an expert in executive team dynamics, discusses the crucial concept of 'productive tension' and how recognizing and addressing disagreement can lead to authentic agreement and commitment. Pett outlines practical strategies for effectively framing issues, maintaining engagement, and navigating political dynamics in boardroom settings. Tune in to learn how to prepare and communicate strategically, ensuring your innovative ideas gain the buy-in they need to succeed.
    00:00 Introduction to High-Stakes Conversations
    01:31 The Importance of Productive Tension
    05:23 Pre-Work and Stakeholder Engagement
    07:12 Creating and Maintaining Productive Tension
    08:44 Communication Skills and Self-Awareness
    18:30 Frameworks for Effective Dialogue
    20:55 Final Thoughts and Advice
    Corporate Innovation, Senior Team Engagement, Productive Tension, Executive Leadership, Alexander Pett, Aidan McCullen, Corporate Explorer, High Stakes Conversations, Leadership Strategies, Boardroom Dynamics, Effective Communication, Innovation Leadership, Pre-Meeting Preparation, Organizational Change, Executive Buy-In, David Kantor, Group Dynamics, Empathy in Leadership, Political Savvy, Agreement and Advocacy

    • 24 min
    Alison Taylor - Higher Ground

    Alison Taylor - Higher Ground

    Ethical Business Leadership in a Turbulent World | Alison Taylor's Insights
     
    Join Alison Taylor, NYU Stern ethics professor and author of 'Higher Ground: How Business Can Do the Right Thing in a Turbulent World.' Alison shares her guidance on how companies can navigate ethical challenges in today's volatile landscape. She emphasizes the importance of going back to first principles and treating human beings with dignity and respect. Discover the significant shifts in business ethics, stakeholder capitalism, and the role of transparency and social media. Learn about the critical role of corporate culture, leadership, and the importance of addressing systemic issues within organizations. Whether you're a CEO, board member, or business leader, this discussion is packed with indispensable insights on creating a responsible and sustainable business.
     
    00:00 Introduction to Ethical Business Practices
    01:16 Understanding the Modern Business Landscape
    02:36 The Rise of Transparency and Stakeholder Capitalism
    04:36 Navigating Ethical Challenges in Business
    08:41 The Complexity of ESG and Innovation
    11:54 The Role of Leadership and Culture in Ethics
    30:17 Addressing Corruption and Corporate Responsibility
    34:39 Human Rights and Business Ethics
    37:21 Tools for Building Ethical and Effective Cultures
    49:09 Final Thoughts and Call to Action
    Find Alison here:
    https://www.alisontaylor.co
    That article was mentioned during the episode here.
    https://hbr.org/2017/12/5-signs-your-organization-might-be-headed-for-an-ethics-scandal
     

    • 51 min
    Gathering Customer Discovery Data with Vanessa Ceia

    Gathering Customer Discovery Data with Vanessa Ceia

    Get Out of the Building: How to Gathering Customer Discovery Data with Vanessa Ceia
     
    In this episode, we explore the critical shift needed for corporate explorers to succeed—moving from an inside-out to an outside-in mindset. Highlighting Corporate Explorer Field Book chapters, we discuss how customer discovery interviews can overcome inherent corporate biases. Sponsored by Wazoku, our guest Vanessa Ceia, an innovation expert, explains the importance of different interview stages—ideation, incubation, and scaling—and how qualitative research like focus groups and interviews are essential throughout the innovation process. Gain insights into preparing, conducting, and analysing interviews to gather customer-driven data and foster effective, sustainable innovation ecosystems.
     
    00:00 Overcoming Corporate Mindset Obstacles
    01:01 Introducing the Corporate Explorer Series Sponsor
    01:37 Meet the Expert: Vanessa Ceia
    02:05 Deep Dive into Customer-Driven Innovation
    03:22 Exploring the Innovation Funnel: Ideation to Scaling
    11:40 Incorporating Stakeholder Feedback for Success
    14:35 Mastering the Interview Process for Innovation
    19:53 Concluding Thoughts and Sponsor Acknowledgment
     
    Aidan McCullen, Vanessa Ceia, customer discovery, corporate explorer, bias, assumptions, customer interviews, innovation, sustainability, value growth, qualitative research, innovation maturity, ideation, incubation, scaling, problem validation, MVP, customer segmentation

    • 20 min
    Teresa Amabile - The Progress Principle

    Teresa Amabile - The Progress Principle

    Teresa Amabile - The Progress Principle
    The Progress Principle: How Small Wins Boost Motivation and Happiness at Work
    In the latest episode, Aidan McCullen welcomes Teresa Amabile, author of 'The Progress Principle,' to delve into her extensive research on motivation and emotions in the workplace. 
    Amabile's study of nearly 12,000 diary entries from workers in seven companies reveals that making even small progress in meaningful work is crucial for positive emotions and high motivation. 
    The conversation touches on key concepts like the role of clear goals, autonomy, sufficient resources, and the importance of supportive interpersonal events in fostering a productive work environment. The script also previews Amabile's upcoming book, 'Retiring: Creating a Life That Works for You,' which explores the challenges and experiences of transitioning into retirement.
    00:00 Unlocking Motivation: The Power of Progress
    01:34 Welcome Teresa Amabile: Exploring The Progress Principle
    02:52 From Work Progress to Retirement: A New Research Journey
    09:43 The Progress Principle: Small Wins, Big Impact
    10:56 Managers, Take Note: The Surprising Truth About Motivation
    17:27 Catalysts and Nourishers: The Keys to Sustained Progress
    29:25 Real-World Impact: Stories from the Research
    41:30 The Inner Work-Life Effect: A Deep Dive into Research Findings
    50:50 A Call to Action for Leaders and Individuals
    51:24 Closing Thoughts and Future Works
    Find Teresa here: https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6409
    The Progress Principle here: https://www.progressprinciple.com
    Tags: Aidan McCullen, Teresa Amabile, The Progress Principle, Inner Work Life, Creativity at Work, Employee Motivation, Small Wins, Positive Emotions, Innovation Management, Employee Engagement, Job Satisfaction, Workplace Psychology, Career Development, Retirement Planning, Work-Life Balance, Leadership Skills, Management Strategies, Team Building, Productivity, , Organizational Behavior

    • 52 min
    Howard Gardner: The Synthesizing Mind

    Howard Gardner: The Synthesizing Mind

    Howard Gardner: The Synthesizing Mind
     
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    In this episode of the Innovation Show, Howard Gardner, renowned for his theory of multiple intelligences, discusses his memoir 'A Synthesizing Mind,' recounting his life's intellectual journey. 
     
    Gardner talks about his career, his passion for understanding intelligence, his work on 'good work,' and how modern innovations like large language models impact his theories. 
     
    He shares personal anecdotes, the importance of synthesizing information, and his thoughts on education and ethics in the 21st century. Join us for a truly memorable episode as we delve deep into Gardner's mind and explore the essence of a synthesizer.
     
    We talk innovation, creativity, ethics, goodness, education and life itself.
     
    00:00 Unveiling the Synthesizing Mind of Howard Gardner
    01:56 Exploring the Essence of the Synthesizing Mind
    06:20 The Role of Synthesizers in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    14:36 Good Work: The Triple Helix of Excellence, Engagement, and Ethics
    17:55 Navigating the Complexities of Good Work and Ethical Dilemmas
    20:47 The Impact of Multiple Intelligences on Innovation
    33:22 Exploring Musical Intelligence and Personal Reflections
    33:46 The Impact and Legacy of 'Frames of Mind'
    34:38 The Journey of Synthesizing Knowledge
    35:56 Upcoming Publications: The Essential Howard Gardner
    36:47 Reflections on Life, Learning, and Legacy
    38:31 Navigating the Digital Age: Challenges and Strategies
    44:17 The Misuse of Multiple Intelligences Theory
    46:08 Ethical Considerations in Public Speaking and Publishing
    47:22 The Importance of Good Work and Ethical Values
    48:29 Revisiting Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the Modern Era
    01:01:29 Personal Experiences Shaping Educational Perspectives
    01:05:24 The Essence of Continuous Learning and Good Work
     
    Find Howard here:
    https://www.howardgardner.com
     
    The Good Project:
    https://www.thegoodproject.org/good-blog
     
    Project Zero:
    https://pz.harvard.edu/projects/the-good-project
     
     
    In 2024, Teachers College Press is issuing two volumes: The Essential Howard Gardner on Education (spring); The Essential Howard Gardner on Mind (fall). Covering work from several decades, each volume contains over two dozen articles, along with my autobiographical notes and up-to-date comments on the background, motivation, and impact of these publications.
    For those interested in path-breaking work in education, psychology, and related fields, these books are indeed  Essential Reading.
    Blurbs for Education volume: 
    "A fascinating look at educational issues by one of our nation's finest and most creative academics. This is vintage Howard!"
    ―David C. Berliner, Regents Professor Emeritus, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
    "For more than 40 years, Dr. Howard Gardner has been one of―if not the―most influential scholar on the American educational system. It is thrilling to see a single volume that brings together Gardner's research and writings on educational institutions ranging from pre-K through the university. Readers who know Gardner best for his work on multiple intelligences theory will benefit tremendously from this exposure to his thinking on topics such as what it means to do good work, the purpose of a liberal arts education, and the role of social media in contemporary young people's development."
    ―Scott Seider, associate professor of applied developmental and educational psychology, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College
    "The Essential Howard Gardner on Education offers a crisp distillation of Gardner's lasting contributions to our understanding of teaching and learning in a complex, ever-changing world. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to Gardner's work, this masterfully crafted narrative provides an accessible ove

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