In today’s competitive workplace most everyone can benefit from smart career strategies. In this podcast, I’ll help you get more out of your career and help you achieve dramatic breakthroughs at work. I’ll share strategies to help you find the right job fit, stand out, get hired, promoted and much much more.
If you have a growth mindset, “Breakthroughs” will help your career soar.
#31: “The Fearless Organization: For More Learning, Innovation & Growth” with Harvard’s Amy Edmonson
In this episode I interview Amy Edmonson about psychological safety in the workplace, why it matters and how to build it. Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning, and is the author of more than 70 academic articles. Her most recent book, “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth”offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. Her prior books, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103) and Extreme Teaming (Emerald, 2018) explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments. Edmondson has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011 and selected as the #1 most influential thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine in 2019. Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (Birkauser Boston, 1987) clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University. There are no perfectly psychologically safe organizations or completely unsafe ones. It happens more with teams then across organizations which implies that every manager has the opportunity to create a psychologically safe environment with passion for the cause, curiosity, empathy and humility.
If you want to learn how to create a psychologically safe environment for your employees, one that fosters true “teaming” this episode is for you. Amy’s book is available on Amazon:
And here’s a link to Amy Edmonson’s outstanding to Ted Talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_edmondson_how_to_turn_a_group_of_strangers_into_a_team/transcript
#30:Chobani’s Jason Rahlan Shares their Strategy to Help Reduce Hunger, Educate & Decrease Suffer
I’m pleased to have as my guest
Jason Rahlan, the Director of Social Impact and Philanthropy at Chobani. In this role, he oversees philanthropic investments and grants for the company. Jason manages the organization’s nonprofit and public sector partnerships on issue- and policy-related initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and natural disaster response efforts. In this work, he partners with senior internal leaders to define goals and priorities and seeks to drive meaningful change at the local, state, and national level through an effective use of the company’s voice, profits, and people. He also co-develops internal wellness initiatives that establish policies of greater inclusion, diversity, and equity for Chobani's more than 2,200 employees.
In this episode you’ll learn how Chobani stretches itself to help mitigate problems related to hunger. They don’t just talk the talk they walk the walk when it comes to supporting causes that improve humanity and working collectively to do so. In this way Chobani has earned respect from its employees, suppliers, partners and consumers. The prediction on all fronts is that when the pandemic lifts, they’ll have increased loyalty from all parties and gained the reputation as great corporate citizens. If you’re looking for inspiration for yourself or your organization to make a positive difference in the world, or if you simply are curious about what some companies are doing to help alleviate suffering, this episode is for you.
#29: Learn How to Become a “Hyper-Learner”:Why it’s Critical for Staying Relevant in the Digital Age
In this episode we’ll learn from Professor Edward Hess, about how to become our best selves. Hess discusses ideas from his new book, “Hyper-Learning” and shares fresh insights into how to learn, behave, and thrive in an era of unprecedented digital challenge and change. His ideas are psychologically astute, refreshingly pragmatic, and designed to help us move forward in a new and uncharted era. The digital age will raise the question of how we humans will stay relevant in the workplace. Hess emphatically says that to stay relevant, we have to be able to excel cognitively, behaviorally and emotionally in ways that technology can’t. Praise for Professor Hess’s book and his ideas come from leaders across industries: Fernando Merce, Former CEO and president, Nestlé Waters North America said “Hyper-Learning” is that “how to roadmap for leading in the digital age. Enhancing ones learning agility is the only way to thrive in a world of ever accelerating change”. Chris Baer, Former vice president, leader ship development, Marriott international said it’s a must read! Digital technology touches all aspects of life and “hyper learning”will be a major factor in everyone’s well-being and success. Gary Calabrese, PhD, senior vice president and director, Corning global research, Corning Inc. said “hyper learning is a masterpiece “how to” & “ why to” book That takes us on an instructional journey to a future were learning must change in profound ways because of advancing technologies. This book helps readers reflect deeply about feelings, mindsets, and behaviors to discover things about themselves in a way that sticks. The powerful goal of “thinking behaviorally quote is a great way to describe this book which also helps leader ship move from “command and control” to “inspire and support”. If you’re hoping to stay relevant in the digital age and thrive, this episode is for you.
#28: Kara Goldin, CEO Hint Inc.,: How she built a $150 million business w/zero industry knowledge
In this episode I’m delighted to have Kara Goldin as my guest. Kara is a disruptor, builder, thoughtleader, and successful entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award winning Hint water, an unsweetened flavored water. Kara has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s most creative people in business, Fortune’s most powerful women entrepreneurs, Fortunes’s most innovative woman in food and drink, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. The Huffington Post listed Kara as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Kara has successfully navigated the world of large companies and start ups in many industries including media, tech and consumer products. She is an active speaker and writer and hosts the podcast “Unstoppable with Kara Goldin” where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors across industries. Kara has recently launched a new book called “Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters”. It’s currently number one on the Amazon charts. It’s a fascinating, entertaining, inspiring story of what it takes to go from nothing to something remarkable. If you’re looking for advice and inspiration to become an entrepreneur this episode is for you. Even if you’re not an aspiring entrepreneur, you’re going to love this conversation with Kara & the story behind her book. Pre-Order her book from Amazon: https://amzn.to/35ddQH8
#27: What you don’t know about cyber disinformation can hurt you and your company
In this episode I’m thrilled to welcome two pre-eminent experts on cyber- security and misinformation on social networks, and AI, Pablo Breuer and David Perlman. They discuss how misinformation, disinformation and fake news threatens businesses not just government. Both Pablo and David share why Companies need to be prepared for cyber warfare and invest more in cyber security protection to avoid catastrophic outcomes. In simple language both of these scholars make clear cases and offer suggestions for what consumers and leaders can do to protect themselves from conspiracy theorists and bad actors. Pablo Breuer possesses a Ph.d from the Naval Post Graduate School in Information Science, and a MS in Computer Science. Pablo is a global,highly accomplished and decorated executive of cyber security technology & innovation, with unmatched expertise & exemplary leadership in the areas of innovation, cyber security and network vulnerability. He is currently the chief information security officer of Helms services. Pablo is a 22 year veteran of the US Navy with tours that include military Director of US operations command Donovan group and senior military advisor and innovation officer to Sofwerx, the National security agency. Pablo is also the department of defense cyber cup and Defcon black badge winner and has been faculty at the Naval post graduate school, National University, California State University as well as a visiting scientist at Carnegie Mellon. Pablo is also a cofounder of the cognitive Security collaborative and co-author of the adversarial misinformation and influence tactics and technique framework. David Perlman is an expert in how identity influences social emotional cognition. An accomplished and highly respected senior researcher and consultant with 20 years of experience in synergizing tech, data science, social behavioral neuroscience, research management and team building as well as an innovator in the emerging field of Misinfosec, Cyber security with his focus on social networks, influence, and a AI ethics. David possesses a PhD in psychology and neuroscience of emotion, decision-making a meditation focused on large data sets from functional brain imaging and bio behavioral measures. If you’re interested in gaining insight to the challenges companies and individuals face in a time where criminal behavior is finding ways in the back door to destroy our trust in government & companies, Pablo and David take complex topics on all these foggy issues and make them understandable in layman’s terms here in this episode.
#25: Key Strategies to Attract, Engage & Retain Your Top Talent
In this episode I interviewed Andrew Scivally, the CEO of e-learning brothers, a business that became wildly successful and continues to grow, despite the Pandemic. Andrew has 20 years of experience in the learning technology space, including all aspects of course design and development, as well as leading Learning and Development teams for financial institutions such as JPMorganChase and Zions Bank. He holds a master’s degree in computer education and cognitive systems. Led by Andrew, eLearning Brothers has established an industry-leading brand and been featured in the Inc. 5000 for six consecutive years. As an executive career coach I find Andrew’s business to be the perfect platform to discuss the specifics of how employees can make themselves most attractive to employers. I share how employers (today’s leaders) can attract, engage, and retain top talent with strategies that are practically no cost to your organization. This episode will be of interest to anyone seeking advice on how to get hired and promoted as well as for leadership who wants to attract the best people and keep them.
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