Stop it with the perfection, already! Josh and Megan discuss that it's an advantage to not be perfect, and that leaders should understand what their ACTUAL weaknesses are. Plus, we know you've always wanted to know more about isomorphism, so grab a beverage and learn about how that connects to McDonald's. We have a business idea that will make you want to age (once it becomes a reality), and we're perfecting the segue... not the kind you ride. Additional Info: Leader, Know Thyself https://hbr.org/2018/02/most-leaders-know-their-strengths-but-are-oblivious-to-their-weaknesses?referral=03759&cm_vc=rr_item_page.bottom McDonalds and isomorphism http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/25/motley-fool-mcdonalds-still-cooking/
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/
Josh and Megan discuss Voiceover Guy's favorite movie list, and some great ideas that happened at Great Ideas. Millennials aren't unusual, they just say the things we all want out loud. Because of that, we talk about how employees will stay longer if your company does things they care about. Additional Information: If workers care, they will stay https://work.qz.com/1180591/millennial-employees-may-stay-longer-if-you-ask-them-to-volunteer/ Organizations and Innovation https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/publications/reports/strategy-studies/best-practices-for-innovation/
Voiceover guy tries really hard to be versatile with language. It doesn't go well. We love to share stories about our client successes, but it's sad for us to end projects sometimes. We share about a project coming to a close. Josh is super disappointed to learn that there is no BEST person for a job and we discuss the long debated concept of developing people or positions.
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.
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
Cowboy up, people! Josh and Megan reflect about an amazing impact that one of their projects is having on a current client and talk about how writing is hard, so joining an accountability program is a good tip. Megan argues that cities should be considering children if they want to grow and keep people, Josh shares how CEOs spend their time... because he is one... though that's not the lens he uses to dive into that topic. We introduce a new segment! (Hint: it's not a game that Megan arbitrarily wins). Additional Information: Writing is hard, this makes it easier https://anygoodthing.com/agt-monthly-writing-challenge/ Design cities for kids https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/02/how-to-design-cities-for-children/552086/ How do CEOs spend their time? https://hbr.org/2017/10/a-survey-of-how-1000-ceos-spend-their-day-reveals-what-makes-leaders-successful Meet your sociologist! https://www.refinery29.com/2018/02/190826/jess-carbino-bumble-sociologist
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.
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/