Episode 48: Inclusive Solutions

Episode 48: Inclusive Solutions

We announce our launch of a collaboration with diversity specialist Jess Pettitt of Good Enough Now! Inclusive Solutions is our answer to organizational-wide inclusion efforts that actually work. The Packard Group brings the systems expertise, and Jess maps effective diversity efforts onto our plan for lasting organizational change. After we get very excited about that, we talk about cutting people or cutting salaries... suggesting the unpopular opinion that some people DO need to be fired. Then we debunk the myth of the first 100 days as a CEO. Additional Info: Inclusive Solutions http://www.inclusivesolutions.net Cut people or salaries https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/cut-salaries-or-cut-people-the-best-way-to-survive-a-downturn?cid=spmailing-20592093-WK%20Newsletter%2006-13-2018%20(1)-June%2013,%202018 Impact, not days https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/the-organization-blog/it-really-isnt-about-100-days
Episode 47: Creative Destruction

Episode 47: Creative Destruction

The Packard Group went to Africa (most of them- Megan Bissell was there in spirit), and we chat about the experience! After chatting with Megan Packard, we talk about making your company a talent factory in order to design creative innovation within your walls. Creative destruction can look like a million things- like a failing solar company. Additional info: Make your company a talent factory http://www.martinmeister.cl/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/make-your-compagny-a-talent-factory.pdf Creative destruction- Tesla https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimcollins/2018/08/09/solarcity-could-act-as-a-poison-pill-to-crush-musks-dreams-of-a-tesla-takeover/amp/
Episode 46: Organizational Change

Episode 46: Organizational Change

SEASON 2! So what if seasons are a made up construct? We have begun season two! Our theme for this season is organizational change. We encourage you to ask better questions, using your information to unlock actual value in your organization. In addition, we talk about how Best Buy should be dead. Like a zombie- Best Buy is a zombie. OR it overcame a near death at the hands of Amazon by implementing innovative organizational change. Additional Information Ask better questions https://hbr.org/2018/05/the-surprising-power-of-questions Best Buy should be dead https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-07-19/best-buy-should-be-dead-but-it-s-thriving-in-the-age-of-amazon
Episode 29: People or Positions

Episode 29: People or Positions

This episode was only aired a few months ago, but it's worth another listen! Voiceover guy tries really hard to be versatile with language. It doesn't go well. We love to share stories about our client successes, but it's sad for us to end projects sometimes. We share about a project coming to a close. Josh is super disappointed to learn that there is no BEST person for a job and we discuss the long debated concept of developing people or positions. Additional Info: Black Panther Marketing https://www.inc.com/sonia-thompson/what-massive-fan-fare-around-black-panther-signals-about-a-major-shift-in-marketing.html?cid=search There is no best person https://aeon.co/ideas/why-hiring-the-best-people-produces-the-least-creative-results Build around people or positions? https://hbr.org/2018/01/why-people-really-quit-their-jobs#comment-section
Episode 3: Entrepreneurs. Dream Business.

Episode 3: Entrepreneurs. Dream Business.

Once upon a time, we were a baby podcast. This is one of our very first episodes, and is still a favorite of ours and our listeners. Enjoy! Voiceover Guy sings some Social Distortion, Megan gets dramatic about pop up windows with sound, and classifieds aimed at entrepreneurs are REAL. Additional Info: Culture change is like a social movement https://hbr.org/2017/06/changing-company-culture-requires-a-movement-not-a-mandate?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Jopwell is taking away your excuses about diversity hiring https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/294566  
Episode 16: Predictions

Episode 16: Predictions

Let's see if we were even close! This is a repeat performance of an episode that aired on January 8, 2018. Josh and Megan are excited about their article in Speaker Magazine, discuss some "controversial" topics like replacing bosses with AI and how happiness doesn't matter. Josh shares why millennials aren't smiling, and we make some predictions about trends for the new year. Happy 2018! Additional Info: Speaker Magazine Article NSA Speaker Magazine Article AI Bosses https://qz.com/1130095/your-boss-might-be-better-as-an-algorithm/ Happiness at work doesn't matter https://betterhumans.coach.me/is-happiness-at-work-a-good-thing-eaf3fcebcd11 https://hbr.org/2015/07/the-research-weve-ignored-about-happiness-at-work Millennials aren't smiling https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianahembree/2017/03/28/why-some-millennials-arent-smiling-bad-teeth-hinder-28-in-job-search/#ac0b9ae59c6a
Episode 20: Culture IS Changing

Episode 20: Culture IS Changing

We felt that the content of this episode was too important to keep it buried in the past, so we're playing it again. Please note the disclaimer below. Attention: The content in this episode is a slight departure from the usual format, and may contain topics that are difficult. Our usual line up is family friendly, and while this is not at all inappropriate, it is sensitive and should be listened to and shared with discernment.  Sexual misconduct is an actual problem in our culture. Josh and Megan discuss the impact that is has on business, why it's time to accept that there is a shifting of norms, and what you can do about it. This is not an exhaustive discussion about the history and impact of gender discrimination, but rather a conversation about what we know to be true about human behavior, and a guide to be better.
Episode 45: Employee Engagement in Reverse

Episode 45: Employee Engagement in Reverse

It's summer break! We talk about our plans for the break, and talk about how managers that continue to work so much are actually displaying insecurity. Our thoughts about employee engagement turn the term around to offer a new perspective, and we play a game!! One last "Name That Bias" game for the year sends us off with laughter. Please check out some of our old favorite episodes for the month of August, and we'll be back with new episodes in September! Additional Information: You work too much because you're insecure https://hbr.org/2018/02/if-youre-so-successful-why-are-you-still-working-70-hours-a-week Why should employees be engaged? https://www.decision-wise.com/5-personal-benefits-employee-engagement/
Episode 44: Design Sociology

Episode 44: Design Sociology

It's possible that wires got crossed, because Josh and Megan have opposing headlines this time! Apparently, innovation is both by the numbers, and not not a numbers game according to this week's episode. Don't worry, we clear it all up. Josh has an academic article that demonstrates why we need to use sociology in product development. Additional Information: Innovation by the numbers https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-different-ways-for-companies-to-innovate/ Innovation is NOT a numbers game https://www.fastcompany.com/40584371/how-can-we-unlock-the-power-of-the-innovation-system-for-good Academic article- Using Sociology in product development http://www.socresonline.org.uk/9/4/jacobs.html
Episode 43: Make or Manage

Episode 43: Make or Manage

We're at Influence right now! While we're at the National Speakers Association conference, enjoy this episode about the difference between being a maker and a manager, and how you can actually be both. Birth rate has nothing to do with business, Josh! Or does it?!?!?! (Hint: it does- and we're sociologists, so we show you how). Megan shares a listener question about how to structure a retreat, and all of this comes AFTER VoiceOver Guy crunches into the microphone to kick things off. Additional Information: Makers and Managers Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You Birthrate is falling https://www.chron.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Americans-are-having-fewer-kids-than-ever-before-12923932.php