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 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 38: Luddites

Episode 38: Luddites

VoiceOver Guy reaches new levels of delusion with his own structuring of time. We share how care in on-boarding saves your company resources, and talk about a movement that is disrupting institutions like retirement. Josh shares a piece of history that is an example of how disruption is always social. Additional Information: Onboarding with intention saves your resources https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/Pages/Onboarding-Key-Retaining-Engaging-Talent.aspx Millennials are retiring early and starting a movement http://time.com/money/5241566/vicki-robin-financial-independence-retire-early/
Episode 36: Strategic. Plans.

Episode 36: Strategic. Plans.

We have a live audience? We do like applause, and VoiceOver Guy has a dream. Josh and Megan share a brilliant idea about how to fix problems before they become costly. Someone used our principle of  "Thinking Big and Acting Small" in the actual title of an article that we talk about (it's a proven scientific principle, not just ours, but we like it... so it's ours)! We share how strategic planning may not be strategic- or a plan- and read some listener mail. Additional Info Thinking big and acting small https://medium.com/the-future-of-financial-services/think-big-act-small-929f156b7eeb Strategic Plans aren't strategic or plans https://hbr.org/2018/04/your-strategic-plans-probably-arent-strategic-or-even-plans?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
Episode 31: Social Enterprise

Episode 31: Social Enterprise

This is an exciting episode! It's bring your kids to work day! Also, Josh's wife Megan joins us to share an announcement from The Packard Group. We have good suggestions for how companies should use their tax dollars, and we get to revisit Megan's hatred for Uber's ignorance of their own culture. Additional Information Apprenticeships with tax breaks https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-best-use-of-corporate-tax-cuts-is-investing-in-apprenticeship-programs-2018-02-20#false Uber Culture https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/03/video-suggests-huge-problems-with-ubers-driverless-car-program http://fortune.com/2018/03/24/uber-self-driving-program-troubles/
Episode 27: No More Policies

Episode 27: No More Policies

Megan is excited for seniors to get more access, and we get the chance to rant about policies. No. More. Policies. Josh and Megan don't think you should have NO policies, but they aren't the answer to everything. We talk about using research better and business that is consistently at the top of their game. One of our listeners gets some attention. Additional Information: Seniors get self-driving cars https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/10/16874410/voyage-self-driving-cars-villages-florida-retirement-communities Use your research better http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/07/07/how-can-your-research-have-more-impact-5-key-principles-tips/ Wegman's https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/3-critical-things-i-learned-when-i-worked-for-wegmans.html  
Episode 21: Values and Valentines

Episode 21: Values and Valentines

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
Episode 15: The Power of Group

Episode 15: The Power of Group

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  
Episode 12: Live!

Episode 12: Live!

Josh and Megan are actual winners. PLUS, camping and community helps change the world, Megan (yes, Megan) talks about sportsball, and Josh gets everyone excited about farming. Additional Info: Glamping is the answer to creating community. https://www.fastcompany.com/40484369/hipcamp-the-airbnb-of-camping-is-changing-flyover-country-into-a-big-welcome-mat?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10242017 Think like a quarterback to create culture. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/294859# Farming is the future! http://www.businessinsider.com/best-jobs-future-growth