Megan loves libraries, and is justified given the power that librarians actually hold. We are always thrilled when we see sociologists out in the world practicing our science. We share some brilliant insight about seeing the future and reverse engineering it, and Josh talks about why it's important to disagree. Megan's academic article is a hard case for why pluralism, not just diversity, is essential.
Generations are often a topic of discussion, but this time Josh and Megan discuss the naming of the past and next ones. Josh shares a dumpster fire list of business ideas that came after a random Google search. Megan encourages companies to be a benefit to their society and we talk about how soft skills make the difference in employment. We answer a listener letter about the difference between coaching and consulting.
After clarifying the Voiceover Guy is not actually movies, Josh and Megan get ready to volunteer their time driving food around and talk about game-changing research that's still relevant today. It's no surprise to them that businesses are losing money on employee engagement, and both consider quitting all of their jobs to work at Patagonia. Additional Information: Algorithm to feed people https://www.fastcompany.com/40517038/doordash-is-now-using-its-algorithm-to-deliver-extra-food-from-restaurants-to-food-banks Millions of dollars are lost on employee engagement https://hbr.org/2017/03/why-the-millions-we-spend-on-employee-engagement-buy-us-so-little?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social https://www.tlnt.com/weekly-wrap-720-million-spent-on-engagement-and-this-is-all-we-get/ Patagonia Mom Policy https://work.qz.com/806516/the-secret-to-patagonias-success-keeping-moms-and-onsite-child-care-and-paid-parental-leave/
Once again, we discuss the danger of lists, and the word "dementor" is actually used in one of them, and it is NOT a Harry Potter reference. Josh and Megan talk about strategies of connection and the power of the group in order to be more innovative. Megan has a controversial perspective about large corporations moving into cities and the impact that has. Josh shares how a list of toxic people indicates that we should be evaluating types of activities, not types of people. Additional Info: Stop reading lists of things successful people do https://hbr.org/2017/03/stop-reading-lists-of-things-successful-people-do Conferences and Social Media https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-power-of-conferences-in-a-social-media-age-1489372006 We need to stop the urbanization of work https://www.fastcompany.com/40517126/cities-are-killing-the-future-of-work-and-the-american-dream https://www.fastcompany.com/40438855/we-need-a-massive-remote-worker-hiring-spree-in-the-american-heartland Forbes 10 Toxic People (Not types of people, only types of activities)
If for no other reason, listen to this episode for the greatest job interview story. Ever. And it's Valentine's themed in the best ways. Megan talks about how words matter and demonstrate your culture, and that aligning your values with retention efforts helps keep people in your organization. We unpack storytelling with theory and play Name That Bias!! Additional Info: Words show your values https://textio.ai/1000-different-people-the-same-words-6149b5a1f351 Align employee retention with organizational goals https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/align-employee-retention-college-goals Storytelling https://mumbrella.com.au/you-are-not-a-storyteller-youre-pitching-a-toothpaste-commercial-488316 https://lifehacker.com/5965703/the-science-of-storytelling-why-telling-a-story-is-the-most-powerful-way-to-activate-our-brains
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.
Megan gets to yell about missed opportunities. Crowdsourcing for social movements is brilliant, and Josh shares a hilarious story about how a trebuchet could save us from the "wall". Our values are shifting, and we can crowdsource to save the world. It's hard to think of a 140 year old yarn company as being innovative, but they have the influencer thing down. We talk about an article that uses all of the words of our podcast title and it's really great. The free business idea could feed people- someone should really do that. Additional Information: Crowdsourcing to stop the wall http://time.com/5048257/cards-against-humanity-trump-border-wall/ AND https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/05/la-mothe-chandeniers-the-french-chateau-now-with-7400-owners The innovation of yarn https://carney.co/daily-carnage/the-knitty-gritty/
Interview Wes Sam-Bruce is a multi-disciplinary, multi-generational artist who is masterful at creating worlds and bringing everyone together in a way that exemplifies the most pure blend of talent, practiced skill and business savvy. Josh interviews him about his work and how that demonstrates our universal truth about responding to social forces.
Closing the loop in your research is more important than just doing the research, and Josh and Megan discuss why. Megan does NOT want to be hypnotized by Samsung, but does want you to consider what "healthy workplace culture" actually means and how to know if you have it. Changes in society come from the darndest places... like online dating... which has changed the nature of marriage. Megan has the best thing you haven't read this week about optimistic martyrs- and the overconfidence bias. Additional Info: Samsung is hypnotic https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-just-hypnotized-me-through-my-computer-screen/ Healthy Company Culture https://blog.knowyourcompany.com/5-questions-that-reveal-if-a-company-has-a-healthy-workplace-culture-a725ee5618c5 Online dating is changing marriage https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609091/first-evidence-that-online-dating-is-changing-the-nature-of-society/ The overconfidence bias http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/4519/1/WP-95-077.pdf
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