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 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 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 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 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 19: Crowdsourcing

Episode 19: Crowdsourcing

Megan gets to yell about missed opportunities. Crowdsourcing for social movements is brilliant, and Josh shares a hilarious story about how a trebuchet could save us from the "wall". Our values are shifting, and we can crowdsource to save the world. It's hard to think of a 140 year old yarn company as being innovative, but they have the influencer thing down. We talk about an article that uses all of the words of our podcast title and it's really great. The free business idea could feed people- someone should really do that. Additional Information: Crowdsourcing to stop the wall http://time.com/5048257/cards-against-humanity-trump-border-wall/ AND https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/05/la-mothe-chandeniers-the-french-chateau-now-with-7400-owners The innovation of yarn https://carney.co/daily-carnage/the-knitty-gritty/  
Episode 17: Healthy Culture

Episode 17: Healthy Culture

Closing the loop in your research is more important than just doing the research, and Josh and Megan discuss why. Megan does NOT want to be hypnotized by Samsung, but does want you to consider what "healthy workplace culture" actually means and how to know if you have it. Changes in society come from the darndest places... like online dating... which has changed the nature of marriage. Megan has the best thing you haven't read this week about optimistic martyrs- and the overconfidence bias. Additional Info: Samsung is hypnotic https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-just-hypnotized-me-through-my-computer-screen/ Healthy Company Culture https://blog.knowyourcompany.com/5-questions-that-reveal-if-a-company-has-a-healthy-workplace-culture-a725ee5618c5 Online dating is changing marriage https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609091/first-evidence-that-online-dating-is-changing-the-nature-of-society/ The overconfidence bias http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/4519/1/WP-95-077.pdf
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 14: Frosty Disruption

Episode 14: Frosty Disruption

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