Off the Shelf is a new book discussion podcast series brought to you by The Conference Board. Each 30-minute episode allows our listeners to hear directly from authors of recently released books that focus on timely and relevant topics related to business management, human capital strategy, finance, the economy, policy or governance.
Bruce Vojak and Walter Herbst on their book ‘No-Excuses Innovation’
In this episode of Off The Shelf John Metselaar talks with Bruce Vojak and Walter Herbst to review their recently published “No-Excuses Innovation: Strategies For Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises”. The book’s premise starts with a quote by Andy Grove: “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive”. This should be the wakeup call for business and innovation leaders from medium-sized mature enterprises, but frankly pretty much everyone. And it provides the basis for Bruce and Walter to offer a tangible, actionable recipe - covering process, people, and strategy perspectives - that, together, sets you up to generate the new value your innovation should deliver.
Ron Adner on his recent, acclaimed book 'Winning the Right Game'
In this episode of Off The Shelf John Metselaar invites Ron Adner to discuss his recent, acclaimed book “Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World”. The conversation uncovers insights on how to thrive in today’s reality of ecosystem innovation. In this environment, “Winning” takes on a very different meaning. It’s about taking an expansive view of your industry breaking through historical boundaries and then creating integrated solutions and value propositions for your customers, in partnership with others. You win by building ecosystems (and not ego-systems) through alignment, relationships, collaboration, and trust.
How Do Leading Economic Indicators Lead to Business Insights?
In this new podcast, Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director of Economic Research at The Conference Board, sits down with John Guerard, Director of Quantitative Research at McKinley Capital, to discuss his new book, "The Leading Economic Indicators and Business Cycles in the United States: 100 Years of Empirical Evidence and the Opportunities for the Future."
Stian Westlake on his co-authored book Restarting the Future
The past two decades have witnesses sluggish economic growth, mounting inequality, dysfunctional competition, and a host of other ills that have left people wondering what has happened to the future they were promised. Listen in as our guest Stian Westlake gives us some key insights from the book he co-authored with Jonathan Haskel, Restarting the Future-How to fix the intangible economy. In the podcast we discuss how these problems arise from a failure to develop the institutions demanded by an economy now reliant on intangible capital such as ideas, relationships, brands, and knowledge.
Hortense le Gentil on Her book: Aligned
John Metselaar sits down with author, Hortense le Gentil for a conversation about her recently published book, Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be. Together, they explore why today’s leaders should above all cultivate the human touch, what’s holding them back, and how can they overcome this. An inspiring, human conversation on Leadership!
Kara Goldin on Her Book: Undaunted - Overcoming Doubts and Doubters
Listen to the story of Kara Goldin, in which she shares insights from her life journey from “accidental entrepreneur” to founder of Hint. An accomplished podcaster herself, this time Kara found herself at the other side of the mic as John Metselaar hosted her for The Conference Board’s Off The Shelf channel. Listen in as they cover lessons from her life which she documented in her book. How she combined passion and purpose to develop a vision, turned into reality through commitment and perseverance. How, in the process she faced her doubts and fears, confronted them (rather than run away), and rose above them. And how her fundamental curiosity and keenness to learn had her break through every challenge. Facing a problem, you don't give up, you dig in emphasizing "Well, what CAN we do".