9 episodes

In today's world, there's no such thing as "business as usual." The coronavirus pandemic has turned life as we know it upside down. But now, companies and individuals alike are forging ahead to recovery. Whole industries are looking for ways to adapt and rise through new challenges in an effort to emerge from crisis stronger than ever.In each episode of Reinvent, Fortune's Beth Kowitt and Adam Lashinsky will tell the stories of people, companies and communities working to dust themselves off and find new ways of thriving in our uncertain future.

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    • Business
    • 4.8 • 15 Ratings

In today's world, there's no such thing as "business as usual." The coronavirus pandemic has turned life as we know it upside down. But now, companies and individuals alike are forging ahead to recovery. Whole industries are looking for ways to adapt and rise through new challenges in an effort to emerge from crisis stronger than ever.In each episode of Reinvent, Fortune's Beth Kowitt and Adam Lashinsky will tell the stories of people, companies and communities working to dust themselves off and find new ways of thriving in our uncertain future.

    Genpact presents: Reinventing Well-being

    Genpact presents: Reinventing Well-being

    There’s no question that the well-being of our workforce is top of mind for business leaders around the globe. Isolation as a result of widespread remote work, the challenge of redefining work/life balance, and other external stressors on employees—and executives alike—are forcing real change in the way employers support individual workers, both now and in the years to come. Here, Fortune CEO Alan Murray and Genpact CEO Tiger Tyagarajan speak with soon-to-be-CEO of Headspace CeCe Morken about the future of well-being in the office, how they are staying healthy while working remotely, and the challenges of leading through a global pandemic.
    “Genpact presents: Reinventing Well-being” was produced by FORTUNE Brand Studio. FORTUNE editorial staff was not involved in its creation or production. The views and opinions expressed by podcast speakers and guests are solely their own and do not reflect the opinions of FORTUNE. 
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    • 23 min
    Coursera CEO On The 'Forced Experiment' in Online Education

    Coursera CEO On The 'Forced Experiment' in Online Education

    The meteoric rise in unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis has forced many to rethink what they do for a living. According to economists, a large share of the jobs lost to the pandemic are gone forever. Enter MOOCs, the Massively Open Online Courses, which have long promised to democratize education. In this episode, Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda argues that MOOCs are an indispensable tool for retraining the workforce for the digital jobs of tomorrow.
    Also in this episode: Dr. Annelies Goger of the Brookings Institution discusses how learning new digital skills, while important, is only part of what it takes to embark on a new career. Many of those rehired not only learned the right skills, they knew the right people.
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    • 19 min
    Writing the McDonald's Pandemic Playbook

    Writing the McDonald's Pandemic Playbook

    While COVID-19 has dealt the restaurant industry writ large a difficult hand, some are faring better than others. In September, McDonald’s reported the best month it’s had in a decade; in this episode of Reinvent, host Beth Kowitt speaks with CEO Chris Kempczinski about how McDonald’s finds itself in a surprisingly good spot, thanks to the premium customers are now placing on speed, efficiency, drive-thru, and delivery. 
    Also in this episode: Aaron Allen, founder and chief strategist of Aaron Allen & Associates, a global restaurant consultancy, discusses McDonald’s remarkable size and how the fast-food giant will capitalize on the competitive advantage the pandemic has awarded them. 
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    • 18 min
    For Land O' Lakes, Butter Is Everything

    For Land O' Lakes, Butter Is Everything

    At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, customers stripped grocery stores bare. While common products were uncharacteristically unavailable, farmers reportedly had to destroy crops because of kinks in their supply chains. Dairy farmers dumped millions of gallons of milk, right at what should have been the productive time of the year. Hosts Beth Kowitt and Adam Lashinsky discuss how the farmer-owned cooperative, Land O' Lakes, avoided dumping milk by pairing back its offerings and focusing on what its customers wanted most.
    Also in this episode: Scott McKenzie, of the Nielsen Intelligence Unit, speaks on consumer trends during the pandemic, and how all industries are rethinking how best to get products to market.
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    • 18 min
    Lyft's John Zimmer Discusses The Road Ahead

    Lyft's John Zimmer Discusses The Road Ahead

    The ride-hailing company Lyft is no stranger to a challenge. As co-founder and president John Zimmer explains on this episode, Lyft has survived through hard times - and later flourished - by focusing on what it does best: Providing affordable and enjoyable transportation options to customers. But COVID-19 has dealt the company a punishing blow, forcing Lyft to lay off 17% of its workforce. Hosts Adam Lashinsky and Beth Kowitt discuss the company’s thinking on diversification, as well as its position on California’s Proposition 22 ballot initiative, which would exempt companies like Lyft and its behemoth rival, Uber, from classifying its drivers as employees.
    Also in this episode: Richard Ezike, a Senior Policy Associate at the Urban Institute, discusses the proper balance between the public and private sectors in an ideal transportation system.
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    • 19 min
    Inside the Bubble That Saved The NBA Season

    Inside the Bubble That Saved The NBA Season

    After shuttering in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA decided to move 22 teams this summer to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in an effort to salvage what remained of the 2019-2020 season. It built a closed campus with strict public health guidelines: Everyone received daily coronavirus tests and wore not just masks, but also sensors to enforce social distancing. The "NBA Bubble" as it's now known, cost the league $180 million, and in this episode, host Adam Lashinsky makes the case to co-host Beth Kowitt it was worth every penny.
    Drawing on interviews with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Andre Iguodala of the Miami Heat, and others, Lashinsky explains how the NBA navigated COVID-19, as well as a summer of social and political unrest, and still came out on the other side.
    Also in this episode: Mehdi Bentanfous of Kinexon explains how his company's SafeTags are used to help professional sports leagues complete their seasons.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

sarahglistenstopodcasts ,

Interesting interviews & discussion

I am not even a huge follower of business news, but I love how this podcast takes certain industries & companies and gives voice to the changes that have come with the pandemic.

The length is perfect and I think the hosts do a wonderful job of distilling the interviews they conducted into really concise, organized and smart stories for the listener.

My favorites were the Land o Lake and David Chang episodes! What a strong podcast, Beth and Adam hit it out of the park straight away. Sometimes podcasts have to find their footing in the beginning, but these journalists provided great information in an interesting way right form the start.

Bravo! Hope there is a second season!

Avi567sbejbfsajdbr ,

Terrific

Beth Kowitt has a great voice. Good topics and smart analysis. Great show!

Quintin.Roberts ,

Well done

Insightful and intelligent! These are really interesting stories about how so many familiar businesses are working to adapt to changing realities.
Great hosts, great guests. And you’ve got to love a 20 minute podcast!

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