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
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
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/
We share a story about a client who is the model for why we do our Employee Engagement Surveys the way that we do, and reinforces why we care so much about data leading to actual change. Josh shares the value of hiring dissenters to shake things up, and Megan wants us to try learning more than just producing. And the moment you've all been waiting for....... we play a game!!! Additional Information: Designated Dissenter https://www.blinkist.com/magazine/posts/next-hire-designated-dissenter Building capability in the workplace https://thesystemsthinker.com/the-inner-game-of-work-building-capability-in-the-workplace
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
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/
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
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.