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 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 42: Trending

Episode 42: Trending

After we try to make fireworks sounds, we discuss how interruptions can be costly, and then instantly get distracted. Megan shares some rhyming words that help to understand how groups are formed, and how to get unstuck to encourage group cohesion. Haven't you ever wanted to know how to start a trend? Josh discusses the science and surprising amount of buy-in in order to do just that. (Also, it's not discussed, but it's Megan's birthday.) Additional Information: Cost of interruptions http://www.businessinsider.com/the-switch-cost-is-when-notifications-interrupt-our-thoughts-2018-6 Steps of group formation https://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s13-02-group-dynamics.html Start a trend http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/how-minority-viewpoints-become-majority-ones
Episode 41: Leadership

Episode 41: Leadership

We get to talk about a very innovative client that is changing the way art and research work together. Leaders often face tough choices, and we discuss how important it is to be decisive as well as how leadership is institutional, not individual. There may or may not be another list rant in here. We share an academic article about making diverse decisions when you don't have a broad network. Additional Information: Leaders need to commit to hard decisions The nature of the leader is institutional, not individual https://www.inc.com/adam-robinson/according-to-harvard-this-1-leadership-trait-separates-exceptional-leaders-from-rest.html; https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/asking-yourself-this-1-question-will-instantly-reveal-whether-youre-a-good-leader.html Finding new ideas when your network is narrow https://hbr.org/2018/03/finding-new-ideas-when-you-dont-have-a-broad-network
Episode 40: New Technology

Episode 40: New Technology

While VoiceOver Guy is busy trying out new careers on our time, Josh and Megan are considering the brilliance of simplification and cutting out unnecessary efforts. We also discuss how technology is an easy sell as a solution, but is often not the fix you need for your business issues. As if that isn't awesome enough, Josh shares advice from Jeff Bezos that has changed the way people run companies and we have a business idea that could change higher education for the better! Additional Info: We don’t need new tech, we need new business models https://www.fastcompany.com/40540343/we-need-breakthrough-business-models-not-breakthrough-technology Jeff Bezos- Day 1 and Day 2 https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1018724/000119312517120198/d373368dex991.htm
Episode 39: Bias Training

Episode 39: Bias Training

We really are the perfect summer podcast, but not for VoiceOver Guy's reasons... Josh and Megan discuss how creating language and buy-in from people in your company can make transition so much smoother, and challenge terms that don't have meaning to everyone. Josh shares an interview about Starbucks' measurement of their bias training, and we offer some sage research wisdom. Additional Info: Should we call the "Soft Skills" https://itsyourturnblog.com/lets-stop-calling-them-soft-skills-9cc27ec09ecb Measuring the impact of Starbucks' bias training http://www.businessinsider.com/adviser-who-developed-starbucks-anti-bias-training-says-how-it-works-2018-5
Episode 32: Leader, Know Thyself

Episode 32: Leader, Know Thyself

Stop it with the perfection, already! Josh and Megan discuss that it's an advantage to not be perfect, and that leaders should understand what their ACTUAL weaknesses are. Plus, we know you've always wanted to know more about isomorphism, so grab a beverage and learn about how that connects to McDonald's. We have a business idea that will make you want to age (once it becomes a reality), and we're perfecting the segue... not the kind you ride. Additional Info: Leader, Know Thyself https://hbr.org/2018/02/most-leaders-know-their-strengths-but-are-oblivious-to-their-weaknesses?referral=03759&cm_vc=rr_item_page.bottom McDonalds and isomorphism http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/25/motley-fool-mcdonalds-still-cooking/
Episode 26: CEO Time Management

Episode 26: CEO Time Management

Cowboy up, people! Josh and Megan reflect about an amazing impact that one of their projects is having on a current client and talk about how writing is hard, so joining an accountability program is a good tip. Megan argues that cities should be considering children if they want to grow and keep people, Josh shares how CEOs spend their time... because he is one... though that's not the lens he uses to dive into that topic. We introduce a new segment! (Hint: it's not a game that Megan arbitrarily wins). Additional Information: Writing is hard, this makes it easier https://anygoodthing.com/agt-monthly-writing-challenge/ Design cities for kids https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/02/how-to-design-cities-for-children/552086/ How do CEOs spend their time? https://hbr.org/2017/10/a-survey-of-how-1000-ceos-spend-their-day-reveals-what-makes-leaders-successful Meet your sociologist! https://www.refinery29.com/2018/02/190826/jess-carbino-bumble-sociologist