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 25: Future-Back Mindset

Episode 25: Future-Back Mindset

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.
Episode 24: Soft Skills

Episode 24: Soft Skills

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.
Episode 23: Employee Engagement

Episode 23: Employee Engagement

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/
Episode 22: Toxic People

Episode 22: Toxic People

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)
Episode 20: Culture IS Changing

Episode 20: Culture IS Changing

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 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 13: Tiny Houses?

Episode 13: Tiny Houses?

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