Episode 33: Systems Thinking

Episode 33: Systems Thinking

We are proud to announce that we are officially launching our Systems Thinking Workshop! We think of a role for Voiceover Guy in the workshops, though it's not the role he wants. Josh shares two types of decisions why you should differentiate between, and we discuss how to let people know what you want from them in as few words as possible. Additional Info: Two types of decisions http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-on-type-1-and-type-2-decisions-2016-4 Tell employees what you want from them https://hbr.org/2018/02/tell-employees-what-you-want-them-to-strive-for-in-as-few-words-as-possible
Episode 32: Leader, Know Thyself

Episode 32: Leader, Know Thyself

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/
Episode 31: Social Enterprise

Episode 31: Social Enterprise

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/
Episode 29: People or Positions

Episode 29: People or Positions

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.
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 26: CEO Time Management

Episode 26: CEO Time Management

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
Episode 25: Future-Back Mindset

Episode 25: Future-Back Mindset

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.
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.
Episode 23: Employee Engagement

Episode 23: Employee Engagement

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/
Episode 22: Toxic People

Episode 22: Toxic People

Once again, we discuss the danger of lists, and the word "dementor" is actually used in one of them, and it is NOT a Harry Potter reference. Josh and Megan talk about strategies of connection and the power of the group in order to be more innovative. Megan has a controversial perspective about large corporations moving into cities and the impact that has. Josh shares how a list of toxic people indicates that we should be evaluating types of activities, not types of people. Additional Info: Stop reading lists of things successful people do https://hbr.org/2017/03/stop-reading-lists-of-things-successful-people-do Conferences and Social Media https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-power-of-conferences-in-a-social-media-age-1489372006 We need to stop the urbanization of work https://www.fastcompany.com/40517126/cities-are-killing-the-future-of-work-and-the-american-dream https://www.fastcompany.com/40438855/we-need-a-massive-remote-worker-hiring-spree-in-the-american-heartland Forbes 10 Toxic People (Not types of people, only types of activities)