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 45: Employee Engagement in Reverse

Episode 45: Employee Engagement in Reverse

It's summer break! We talk about our plans for the break, and talk about how managers that continue to work so much are actually displaying insecurity. Our thoughts about employee engagement turn the term around to offer a new perspective, and we play a game!! One last "Name That Bias" game for the year sends us off with laughter. Please check out some of our old favorite episodes for the month of August, and we'll be back with new episodes in September! Additional Information: You work too much because you're insecure https://hbr.org/2018/02/if-youre-so-successful-why-are-you-still-working-70-hours-a-week Why should employees be engaged? https://www.decision-wise.com/5-personal-benefits-employee-engagement/
Episode 44: Design Sociology

Episode 44: Design Sociology

It's possible that wires got crossed, because Josh and Megan have opposing headlines this time! Apparently, innovation is both by the numbers, and not not a numbers game according to this week's episode. Don't worry, we clear it all up. Josh has an academic article that demonstrates why we need to use sociology in product development. Additional Information: Innovation by the numbers https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-different-ways-for-companies-to-innovate/ Innovation is NOT a numbers game https://www.fastcompany.com/40584371/how-can-we-unlock-the-power-of-the-innovation-system-for-good Academic article- Using Sociology in product development http://www.socresonline.org.uk/9/4/jacobs.html
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 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 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 37: Kids These Days

Episode 37: Kids These Days

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