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.
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
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/
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/
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
Josh and Megan discuss the merits of having a well-balanced and proactive client, how offering services for those who truly need it can benefit, not hurt local businesses, and why hiring a group could bring you more success. Groups are the focus this week, as Megan also shares a study that could help shape how decisions are made in the future! Additional Info: Groups make better decisions than individuals- Hire Teams, not individuals- https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-companies-should-hire-teams-not-individuals-1509329580
There's music in this episode, in many forms. Josh and Megan yell about a lot of things from fake eviction notices to companies ignoring obvious business trends. We laugh about the battle between boomers and millennials (special thanks to a young listener), and give Amazon the best business idea. Ever. You're welcome, Amazon. Additional Info: Instagram is the shot of life that the music industry needs. https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-bill-gates-will-invest-more-than-1-bill/f-54b8d65530%2Fbusinessinsider.com C'mon pharmacies... you don't see Amazon coming? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/technology/amazon-pharmacy-drugs.html
Got parking spaces lying around? Build a house! After they tell you about that, listen to Josh and Megan talk about education from several different angles that you wouldn't exactly expect from educators. Also, we have another fantastic academic article for you. Be excited, people! Additional Info: Tiny houses are a great way to address housing issues. https://www.fastcompany.com/40482921/this-three-story-tiny-house-fits-in-the-footprint-of-a-parking-space?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10232017 Bill Gates is in the education business, and Mark Zuckerberg is teaching him. http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-1-billion-public-schools-2017-10 Demanding a Bachelor's degree is dumb. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-25/demanding-a-bachelor-s-degree-for-a-middle-skill-job-is-just-plain-dumb
Josh and Megan discuss EVERY cognitive bias! Well, ok, just a few, and in game show form! They also share thoughts about hiring for character and whether owning a business can make you a bad venture capitalist. Also, did we mention there's a game show?!? Additional Info: Hire first, train later- brilliant! https://www.fastcompany.com/40482650/these-top-tech-companies-are-hiring-first-training-later