Episode 16: Predictions

Episode 16: Predictions

Let's see if we were even close! This is a repeat performance of an episode that aired on January 8, 2018. Josh and Megan are excited about their article in Speaker Magazine, discuss some "controversial" topics like replacing bosses with AI and how happiness doesn't matter. Josh shares why millennials aren't smiling, and we make some predictions about trends for the new year. Happy 2018! Additional Info: Speaker Magazine Article NSA Speaker Magazine Article AI Bosses https://qz.com/1130095/your-boss-might-be-better-as-an-algorithm/ Happiness at work doesn't matter https://betterhumans.coach.me/is-happiness-at-work-a-good-thing-eaf3fcebcd11 https://hbr.org/2015/07/the-research-weve-ignored-about-happiness-at-work Millennials aren't smiling https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianahembree/2017/03/28/why-some-millennials-arent-smiling-bad-teeth-hinder-28-in-job-search/#ac0b9ae59c6a
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 43: Make or Manage

Episode 43: Make or Manage

We're at Influence right now! While we're at the National Speakers Association conference, enjoy this episode about the difference between being a maker and a manager, and how you can actually be both. Birth rate has nothing to do with business, Josh! Or does it?!?!?! (Hint: it does- and we're sociologists, so we show you how). Megan shares a listener question about how to structure a retreat, and all of this comes AFTER VoiceOver Guy crunches into the microphone to kick things off. Additional Information: Makers and Managers Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You Birthrate is falling https://www.chron.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Americans-are-having-fewer-kids-than-ever-before-12923932.php
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 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 28: Review Your Employer

Episode 28: Review Your Employer

Voiceover guy tries to sign us off in a different way... and at the beginning. Josh and Megan discuss how reviewing workplaces can work to everyone's advantage, and how that's changing the nature of workplace culture. We reflect on a workshop that we did for the National Speakers Association, and talk about how to be perfect... or not. Megan talks about the structure behind organizational culture because it is, in fact, a structure.
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.