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Innovation Ecosystem Podcast | Resources, Insights & Tools for Creating Space for Personal and Business Growth

Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and change in the world of business. Whether you are an executive or an intrapreneur, our objective is to help you and your organisation create an entrepreneurial culture, become more innovative, and better able to respond to change. We do this by deconstructing world-class performance from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. Each week Mark Bidwell will bring you key insights, fresh perspectives, and proven tools you can use straight away to make you more successful professionally and personally. Full show notes available at InnovationEcosystem.com
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Dec 20, 2016

Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing. Today’s topics include:
● His experience and frustrations as a young inventor in the dying watch industry and the unique mindset he employed.
● Using examples from the natural world he highlights the diverse approaches to innovation, change, and creation.
● Gives constructive advice for those of us pushing for change, within ourselves, the organizations we work for, and the society we live in.

  • 02:55 - Who is Elmar?
  • 05:10 - Elmar decided to pitch the watch company he was working for an innovative idea. To his surprise, they said yes.
  • 08:05 - The point of innovation is to make the impossible, possible.
  • 10:50 - The watch company and the industry were suffering. They had let go 4,000 people in four years. No one wanted to associate themselves with Elmar and his friend.
  • 14:25 - Did Elmar succeed? How did the project end?
  • 18:45 - How did Elmar come up with the name Creaholic?
  • 20:15 - How easy is to drive innovation in an organization?
  • 27:05 - Elmar explains why he hates the ‘intrapreneur’ title.
  • 33:20 - What has Elmar changed his mind about recently?
  • 35:25 - What does Elmar do to remain creative?
  • 37:35 - What does Elmar attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/reviving-the-swiss-watch-industry:-the-remarkable-story-of-swatch-with-elmar-mock/

Dec 13, 2016

Caroline is the CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to leverage behavioral science to improve their working life. Caroline is also the author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 different languages, in more than 60 countries. Some of the topics Mark and Caroline cover on this week’s show are:
● The secret manifesto Caroline has hidden in the book, which is shared by the Innovation Ecosystem.
● The 100-plus tools Caroline uses, all of which are scientifically proven, and operate independent of context, culture, or industry.
● What you can do to hack reality in service of having a good day.

  • 03:25 - What’s the story behind Caroline’s book title, How to Have a Good Day?
  • 04:45 - Only 13% of people around the world really felt excited and engaged in their work.
  • 05:55 - Why are people so disengaged in the workforce?
  • 08:50 - Mark gives a quick overview of Caroline’s book.
  • 11:20 - Caroline talks about a study conducted on Gorillas, and the results of that study.
  • 14:40 - You’re much more likely to complete a goal when it’s specific, than if it’s generic.
  • 17:45 - Is the corporate world ready to embrace the kind of change Caroline is presenting in her book?
  • 21:35 - What’s the tool or mindset that has made the biggest impact on Caroline?
  • 28:05 - What is pre-mortem?
  • 30:10 - Caroline shares an example of pre-mortem at work.
  • 35:45 - Are people going to feel like telling someone else what you told them? If yes, then you have a good pitch/product/service!
  • 37:45 - What does Caroline really struggle with?
  • 41:20 - What’s Caroline currently focused on?
  • 47:15 - What does Caroline do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 48:15 - What does Caroline attribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/hacking-reality-to-have-a-great-day-with-caroline-webb/

Dec 6, 2016

Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve and has spent over 15 years guiding Evalueserve to become a global research, analytics and data management solutions provider. This is the second time Marc has appeared on the podcast; you can listen to his first interview here. Marc has recently written the book titled, Mind+Machine:A Decision Model for Optimizing and Implementing Analytics, which Mark and Marc cover on this week’s show. Some of the other topics covered in this interview are:
● Marc’s transition from being a McKinsey partner to founding a business employing over 3,500 people.
● The winner-takes-all characteristics of the markets Marc plays in, and his strategies to go after these markets, are detailed in his new book Mind+Machine.
● The counter-intuitive benefits arising from simplification and automation.

  • 04:30 - When Marc transition from executive to entrepreneur, what did he learn the most during that journey?
  • 06:05 - How did Marc grow his business so rapidly?
  • 09:50 - A couple of months ago, Marc helped automate a key process for a lot of investment banks. Fast-forward to today, what results has Marc seen from that work?
  • 18:15 - Technology can get very complex quite quickly, but Marc is able to simplify these processes and leverage what technology is supposed to do in the first place: work efficiently and effectively.
  • 21:15 - Marc doesn’t believe he’s disrupting the industry. He believes he’s exposing new trends, which then lead to new possibilities.
  • 23:55 - When looking at the future of businesses, where does Marc see the biggest opportunities?
  • 29:00 - Why did Marc write the book Mind+Machine?
  • 33:05 - What kind of topics in Marc’s book resonate the most with readers who are fresh to the subject?
  • 40:25 - In a lot of ways, small companies have a bigger advantage when it comes to disruption.
  • 43:20 - How does Marc simplify his personal life?
  • 47:00 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?
  • 48:20 - What does Marc do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 50:15 - What does Marc attibutue his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/mindmachine-strategies-that-enable-corporations-to-develop-new-innovation-capabilities-and-make-better-decisions-faster-with-marc-vollenweider/

Nov 29, 2016

Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who works in the trenches of high-stakes environments, he is a recognized speaker on optimal human performance, and he is the host of the Finding Mastery podcast. What can Michael teach us about success in the corporate world? Well, just a few of the important topics Mark and Michael discuss on this week’s episode are:
● Why is an understanding of the space between hesitation and commitment so fundamental to raising performance?
● What is micro-choking, and how can you dissolve pressure?
● A definition of failure that challenges us to step up

  • 03:20 - How does Michael help people become the best they can be?
  • 05:00 - How does Michael help people think more clearly when under pressure?
  • 05:25 - What does ‘micro-choking’ mean?
  • 08:50 - You know when you’re on the edge of your capabilities, when you begin to get butterflies in your stomach, or even get nauseous.
  • 12:50 - To do the difficult and challenging things in life, we need the help of others.
  • 13:30 - However, corporate America is riddled with narcissists. This actually kills success.
  • 16:25 - How does Michael see risk and failure show up in the executive suites?
  • 19:20 - How does personal philosophy differ from personal purpose?
  • 23:40 - ] Michael discusses the work he did with Skydiver Felix Baumgartner, the man who broke the sound barrier.
  • 28:15 - What has Michael learned so far, from hosting his podcast, Finding Mastery?
  • 35:05 - What is the space between hesitation and commitment? What makes someone go over that edge?
  • 39:40 - Write down in 20 words or less what your philosophy is.
  • 41:20 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently?
  • 42:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative and innovative?
  • 44:25 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-space-between-hesitation-and-commitment-with-michael-gervais/

Nov 22, 2016

Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence. This has earned him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. On this week’s episode, Robert discusses how to enlist the support of your senior managers prior to making an important presentation, how companies can boost their productivity by up to 60%, and what we can learn from Warren Buffett on communication.

  • 05:40 - For those who haven’t read Robert’s book, Influence, Robert offers a quick overview on the six principles of influence.
  • 17:25 - Why did Robert decide to write his second book, Pre-suasion?
  • 24:15 - The best influencers cultivate relationships long before they need help.
  • 25:40 - Warren Buffett writes an annual letter to his investors, what’s so special about it?
  • 27:45 - Be upfront with your investors.
  • 29:45 - Behavioral science indicates that if you ask for advice, you will also gain an accomplice.
  • 30:25 - What has Robert changed his mind about recently?
  • 31:40 - What does Robert do to remain creative?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/pre-suasion-how-to-influence-with-integrity-with-robert-cialdini/

Nov 16, 2016

Creating the Space for Innovation, in many respects, that's what we're doing with the show. We are inviting you to come out of your day-to-day life of always-on communications, with people making enormous demands of your time, and to reflect a little bit on different individuals with diverse perspectives on the subject of change, leadership, and innovation with the hope that it gives you some inspiration, some insight, some tools to actually progress your personal or organizational innovation agendas.

Nov 15, 2016

Adam Morgan founded the company Eat Big Fish, a firm that challenges the status quo and creates an environment of challenger thinking and behavior. On this week’s episode, Adam discusses his latest book, A Beautiful Constraint, and talks on how intrapreneurs can leverage their limits to come up with creative solutions. Mark has re-read Adam’s latest book three times now, and every time, he is able to draw new conclusions from the book. It is a highly recommended read!

  • 03:55 - Why did Adam write a book about constraints?
  • 06:30 - Although constraints may have a bad rep, most of us understand on a basic level, that constraints are a good thing.
  • 10:05 - There are three types of stages everybody goes through when they are faced with a difficult constraint.
  • 13:45 - How do you keep optimism alive when faced with a difficult problem? By rephrasing the question.
  • 19:55 - Adam was sitting in on a meeting, and the CEO said, “This year, we need to do more with less.” His staff was shocked, because no one knew what he meant, and they had already been working till 9 to 10 at night
  • 22:55 - There are six steps outlined in Adam’s book, on how to transform your limitations into advantages. Of those six, which one has made the most impact on people?
  • 29:40 - What constraints did Adam personally experience, when writing the book?
  • 37:10 - What advice does Adam have for struggling intrapreneurs?
  • 41:35 - Adam shares an example of how Virgin America was able to unlock the power of constraint, and use it to their advantage.
  • 45:55 - What has Adam changed his mind about recently?
  • 48:10 - What does Adam do to remain innovative and creative?
  • 48:55 - What does Adam attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/beautiful-transformative-constraints-and-why-they-are-core-to-innovation-and-inventiveness-with-adam-morgan/

Nov 8, 2016

Paul Brody is a Global Innovation Leader in BlockChain Technology and a Solution Leader in the Industrial Internet of Things at EY. Paul has spent more than 15 years in the electronics industry and has done extensive research for his clients on technology strategy. Paul understands that technology is deeply rooted in strategy, but it gets complex as new technologies and disruptions arise in our modern world. For example, the moment self-driving cars are perfected, it will cause a huge disruption in our economy, so how can we navigate through it? Find out more on this week’s episode.

  • 03:15 - How would Paul characterize the impact technology is having on established businesses today?
  • 04:25 - How does Paul get his clients to recognize that technology plays an important role in business strategy?
  • 06:10 - Failure is still seen as a taboo in large organizations, but we need a bit of failure in order to create innovation.
  • 07:35 - Large organizations have not been able to differentiate between good failure and bad failure.
  • 08:15 - What insights does Paul have on companies who try to encourages a ‘failure culture’?
  • 11:15 - In Silicon Valley, it’s quite common for entrepreneurs to fail and then go back to traditional businesses. Businesses even welcome them with open arms!
  • 16:20 - What kind of industries is Paul paying close attention to?
  • 21:40 - What are some of the warning signs that show a company is not ready to handle a complete 10x in productivity of their industry?
  • 22:50 - It’s getting harder to tell whether companies are prepared for drastic change in their market.
  • 22:52 - For companies that are serious in getting ahead, there are two factors they have to consider and follow through on. Paul explains further.
  • 24:00 - Most people became interested in BlockChain due to Bitcoin, but Paul got involved with BlockChain for different reasons.
  • 27:15 - Paul is not a big believer in big data or in the data-mining model.
  • 29:50 - What advice would Paul give to intrapreneurs listening to this show?
  • 34:30 - Are business models really evolving or is it just a repeat of a tried-and-true method?
  • 37:35 - Bank crises have been a staple of Western economies. This is way technology like BlockChain and trust in the Bitcoin have become rampant.
  • 39:00 - What advice would Paul give to his kids on how they should position themselves in such a dramatically changing world?
  • 41:40 - Machines will do a lot of the leg work for us, but they can not replace that very intimate and personal human interaction.
  • 44:35 - What has Paul changed his mind about recently?
  • 45:55 - What does Paul do to remain creative?
  • 48:20 - What does Paul attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/high-stakes-industrial-innovation:-a-view-from-silicon-valley-with-paul-brody/

Nov 1, 2016

Michael Bungay Stanier, Founder of Box of Crayons, teaches the principles of how to do less hard work and more good work to the everyday stressed out manager. Michael opens a new door for managers who are struggling to get everything done. Often times, managers do not want to become coaches, but understanding basic coaching methods can help them to become more effective leaders. Habits also play a strong role in a leader’s ability to adapt to these new principles and succeed.

  • 02:50 - What is Michael’s company, Box of Crayons, about?
  • 04:10 - How do you make coaching practical for people?
  • 04:55 - Busy managers often say they don’t have the time to coach people.
  • 06:00 - Coaching is slightly weird. Managers don’t want to be a coach, they just want to do their job well.
  • 09:10 - Slow down the rush to give advice to others. Often times you’re solving the wrong problem!
  • 10:40 - Instead of Michael training to teach the benefits of coaching to busy managers, he shows them how to work less hard for more impact.
  • 13:00 - There’s terrible advice out there on how to change your habits.
  • 14:35 - Michael came up with a 3-part habit formula.
  • 18:15 - High achievers aren’t exactly wired to congratulate themselves.
  • 21:40 - Your first solution isn’t always going to be the right solution, which is why you need iterations.
  • 22:50 - How did Michael find the strength to finish his book despite so many revisions, iterations and edits?
  • 27:10 - How should managers think about their situation and what’s keeping them stuck?
  • 29:15 - Why is it so hard for people to ask a good question?
  • 32:05 - How has leadership styles evolved over the years, especially when it comes to creating an innovative culture?
  • 35:55 - How can managers foster more engagement from their team?
  • 40:15 - What has Michael changed his mind about recently?
  • 41:55 - What does Michael do to remain creative?
  • 43:15 - What’s next for Michael?
  • 44:45 - What does Michael attribute his success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-most-powerful-question-in-the-world-with-michael-bungay-stanier/

Oct 25, 2016

Céline Schillinger is a self-described corporate activist, who was called a troublemaker by her bosses. But thanks to her passion to grow and improve on rigid corporate systems, she was awarded Woman of the Year — La Tribune Women’s Awards in 2013. Céline is now the Head of Quality Innovation & Engagement at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

  • 03:20 - What does Céline do?
  • 05:35 - Céline’s bosses described her as a troublemaker, yet she later went on to become business woman of the year. How did she do it?
  • 09:10 - When Céline felt like she had hit a plateau in her career.
  • 11:30 - You can take 2 paths: You and your co-workers can protest from within the company or you can band together and become constructive.
  • 13:15 - How Céline and her co-workers chose to make their company a better place to work.
  • 16:15 - Céline took 63 proposals into the executive room.
  • 17:55 - Why at the end of that meeting, Céline came out a bit frustrated.
  • 21:05 - When you’re trying to make a change in an organization by yourself, there can be a lot of backlash. When you present new solutions in a group setting, organizations by nature have to compromise.
  • 24:35 - People are tired of corporate speak. Customers aren’t stupid.
  • 25:55 - Céline says to never stop building trust internally.
  • 27:50 - Right now Céline is heading up the quality control department, working on new and innovative ways to change the way quality is monitored in vaccines.
  • 31:50 - Too often, Céline sees people unhappy at work. When you’re unhappy at work, you’re probably unhappy at home as well.
  • 33:30 - How does Céline contribute to creating an innovative company culture?
  • 36:35 - Céline talks on how she kept her team accountable and hitting the right metrics.
  • 40:35 - Where is Céline emotionally today? Does she still feel frustrated?
  • 46:05 - What has Céline changed her mind about recently?
  • 48:50 - What does Céline do to remain creative?
  • 50:15 - What does Céline attribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/harnessing-corporate-activism-to-transform-a-pharmaceutical-giant-with-celine-schillinger/

Oct 18, 2016

Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, author, business model innovator, and co-founder of Strategyzer, a SaaS company that helps organizations develop better growth engines, powerful business models, and so much more. On this week’s episode, Alex discusses the innovative way he wrote the Business Model Generation book and explains why the Business Model Canvas is an excellent tool for businesses looking to challenge their current business model.

  • 02:55 - Why did Alex write the book, Business Model Generation.
  • 04:00 - How Alex crowd sourced the book.
  • 09:00 - What is the Business Model Canvas all about?
  • 11:15 - There is no such thing as the one and only business tool. You need to combine tools based on your needs.
  • 17:15 - What kinds of conversations is Alex hearing from the C-suite executives about business models?
  • 19:40 - How do you price a cure that’s going to heal people with one injection?
  • 21:35 - You can still be innovative on inferior technology.
  • 24:00 - We’re still stuck in the last century when it comes to developing innovation.
  • 29:00 - There are some great lessons you can learn from Expresso.
  • 34:15 - Large corporations are trying hard to be innovative, but only a few of them are able to succeed.
  • 36:55 - What is Alex’s business model?
  • 41:55 - What has Alex changed his mind about recently?
  • 43:40 - What does Alex do to remain creative?
  • 44:35 - What does Alex attribute his success to in life?
Oct 11, 2016

Trish Malarkey is the Head of Research and Development at Syngenta, a company that has become a leader in the agricultural industry by bringing retailers and farmers improved management solutions. Trish has extensive technical knowledge in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology. Combining her expertise with her leadership position at Syngenta, Trish offers highly valuable insights that are both unique and eye-opening. Discover how to manage and create an innovative environment for a talented team of scientists on this week's episode.

  • 02:15 - What does Trish do?
  • 05:55 - Why are so many people working in Switzerland in the science field?
  • 06:55 - Why did Trish accept the position, Head of Research and Development, at Syngenta?
  • 08:30 - How does Trish create an innovative environment with her employees?
  • 11:40 - Trish discusses how to create a company culture filled with purpose.
  • 13:30 - From a leadership perspective, what does Trish do to inspire innovation?
  • 18:30 - What is Syngenta doing that makes them better than their competitors?
  • 21:00 - How does Trish know the research she is doing today will be beneficial in 2025?
  • 24:30 - What does Trish see right now in terms of innovation in the agricultural industry?
  • 27:50 - Why should people join the agricultural industry as a career?
  • 30:00 - What does the word 'mastery' mean to Trish as a professional?
  • 31:45 - What does mastery mean to a leader, especially in the science field?
  • 32:50 - What has Trish changed her mind about recently?
  • 34:15 - What does Trish do to remain creative?
  • 35:10 - What does Trish attribute her success to?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/building-an-industry-leading-innovation-engine-with-trish-malarkey/

Oct 4, 2016

Pamay M. Bassey is an entrepreneur, author of the book My 52 Weeks of Worship, and earned her B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Currently, Pamay is the Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development at BlackRock. Pamay discusses how she went from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur on this week's episode.

  • 04:00 - Find out more about Pamay.
  • 04:35 - Why did Pamay go from employee to entrepreneur to intrepreneur?
  • 06:45 - What does Pamay mean by 'creative innovative learning environments'?
  • 09:55 - Pamay talks about the differences between e-learning and machine-learning.
  • 14:35 - What is 52 Weeks of Worship about?
  • 17:35 - Was there a particular place that stood out to Pamay and really moved her?
  • 20:50 - If you say you are something, it should really mean something to you.
  • 24:15 - What does it mean to Pamay to be an intrepreneur?
  • 29:55 - It is part of Pamay's job to provide engaging opportunities for an employee where they feel like they're being challenged or learning new things on a regular basis.
  • 30:30 - When people feel like they're growing, they're less likely to look elsewhere and leave the company.
  • 35:00 - What has Pamay changed her mind about recently?
  • 36:45 - What does Pamay do to remain creative?
  • 38:15 - What does Pamay contribute her success to in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/creating-a-practice-of-lifelong-learning-with-pamay-bassey/

 

Sep 27, 2016

David Bruno is the co-founder of YNOME, a transparent marketplace that rates your financial management providers and helps you assemble your own private bank. David is innovating the fintech industry and discusses how he builds trust and transparency in an industry that's notoriously very hush-hush and filled with regulations. Tune in for more on this week's episode!

  • 01:55 - Who is David Bruno?
  • 03:45 - What are some of David's current goals?
  • 06:25 - David currently has a staff of around 12-15 people.
  • 07:25 - How does David find new opportunities?
  • 08:30 - How does David build trust among his peers and clients?
  • 09:25 - The client's reputation, family and health is much more important than their bank account.
  • 10:20 - All passwords are hackable.
  • 14:30 - What does YNOME do?
  • 15:35 - How does David work with millennials to innovate for the millennial market?
  • 17:10 - How does David keep his board members engaged with the younger generation?
  • 19:10 - David talks on how he attracts and retains talent.
  • 20:50 - How does David properly educate and train his team?
  • 22:35 - Banking managers have to hire in a different way based on the current marketplace.
  • 25:10 - You have to motivate people from the heart.
  • 28:20 - Millennials want to be able to compare financial institutions and choose the best option for them.
  • 31:40 - What has David changed his mind about recently?
  • 33:00 - What does David do to remain creative?
  • 34:15 - To what does David contribute his success in life?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/disrupting-finance-from-within-a-leading-swiss-bank-with-dave-bruno/

Sep 20, 2016

Amantha Imber is the Founder of Inventium, a company that uses science-based innovation to help organizations unlock their growth. Amantha has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Coca-Cola and Disney, and is the author of The Creativity Formula: 50 Scientifically-proven Creativity Boosters for Work and for Life. On this episode, Amantha discusses how to encourage a risk-taking company culture that isn't afraid to fail in the name of innovation, as well as what she personally looks for in a new hire.

  • 03:20 - Who is Amantha and how did she get started?
  • 04:45 - What is Amantha's book about?
  • 05:20 - Amantha discusses some of the innovation taking place in Australian companies.
  • 08:05 - How Amantha and her team have helped big-names like Coca-Cola and Disney with their innovation.
  • 09:45 - When you're working on creative ways to disrupt the industry, you have to apply a long-term game plan.
  • 11:15 - How does Amantha effectively measure the before and after of a company's innovation?
  • 11:25 - It's difficult to foster a risk-taking company culture.
  • 13:00 - How did Tata successfully build a company culture where it was okay to fail in the name of innovation?
  • 15:20 - What would a typical day at Inventium look like?
  • 16:50 - Unfortunately, companies do not give enough autonomy and control to their employees.
  • 17:50 - If managers are simply telling staff what to do, they are also killing creativity.
  • 21:00 - When people feel challenged, they produce more innovative outcomes.
  • 23:55 - What does Amantha look for when hiring new talent?
  • 27:15 - How important is purpose in a company?
  • 29:15 - How to use the innovation audit/self-assessment quiz that's in The Creativity Formula book.
  • 31:25 - The Creativity Formula caters to both the individual at the employee level looking to make a difference as well as senior leaders.
  • 32:15 - What has Amantha changed her mind about recently?
  • 33:30 - What does Amantha do to remain creative?
  • 34:45 - What Amantha contributes her life’s success to.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/the-science-of-innovation-with-amantha-imber/

Sep 13, 2016

James Breiding is the author of Swiss Made, a book on why Switzerland -a tiny country with few natural advantages- has become so successful in the world of banking, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and more. James discusses innovation in Switzerland and makes the point that when an entrepreneur comes up with a new and innovative method or product, there will be resistance from those who have accepted the status quo. Entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs need to have thick skin if they wish to disrupt the market.

  • 03:55 - Why did James write the book, Swiss Made?
  • 05:30 - This book is now used by Swiss diplomats, although it was not originally intended to be that way.
  • 07:20 - What are some of the factors that have contributed to Switzerland's economic strength?
  • 09:55 - Switzerland and other small countries tend to be more modest. James explains further.
  • 11:25 - The average age of an S&P 500 company is 15 years.
  • 14:10 - As James investigated further into the longevity of Swiss companies, was there a particular story that surprised him?
  • 15:10 - About 11% of Swiss citizens live overseas.
  • 19:30 - James discusses Swatch's story.
  • 20:40 - Nobody has been able to replicate the Swatch.
  • 24:40 - Apple isn't the only company who was able to create absolute raving fans over their products.
  • 24:55 - Nestle's senior management was completely against the idea of Espresso.
  • 26:35 - People underestimate how costly innovation is. You need to have a high tolerance for failure.
  • 27:05 - We see the successes, but we very rarely see the failed attempts that don't make the history books.
  • 29:15 - Successful founders like Steve Jobs tend not to be people you want to have a beer with.
  • 29:45 - Innovators will get resistance from people who are used to doing things the tried and true way.
  • 31:10 - Why do multinationals love Switzerland?
  • 34:50 - Is there a connection between the success of small companies being located in countries with conscription?
  • 38:05 - How does James think about innovation and does he adapt his investment approach when dealing with an innovative company?
  • 42:50 - What are James's morning rituals?
  • 44:00 - What has James changed his mind about recently?
  • 45:30 - What advice does James have for his 25-year-old self?
  • 50:55 - Look out for James's new book, Too Small to Fail, set to be released in 2017.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/innovation-swiss-style-untold-story-behind-switzerlands-success-with-james-breiding/

Aug 30, 2016

Previewing Season Two of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and a sneak peek into a few of the conversations I've been having with upcoming guests.

http://innovationecosystem.com/season-two-preview

Jul 19, 2016

Wrapping up Season One of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and reviewing the insights our many remarkable and thought provoking guests have given on leadership, innovation, and change in the world of business.

Jul 12, 2016

Robert Swan is a polar explorer, environmentalist, and the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. He compares his icy experiences to boardroom maneuvers and his inspirational addresses have received the acclaim of discerning audiences worldwide. It is Robert's lifetime goal to work for the preservation of the Antarctic, as it is the last great wilderness on earth. Discover more about Robert and his mission on today's podcast.

  • 03:05 - How did Rob become an explorer?
  • 03:55 - What did Rob learn on his first expedition?
  • 04:35 - 30 years ago Rob had to raise 5 million dollars to go on his first expedition.
  • 05:35 - Rob gained credibility through persistence.
  • 05:45 - If people say no, listen to why they're saying no.
  • 07:15 - After spending a year in close quarters with his team, what did Rob learn about leadership and about people?
  • 10:15 - What is 2041? What is Rob trying to do currently?
  • 10:50 - It's crucial to have a clear mission and stand for something.
  • 12:00 - Rob has been on a 50 year mission to protect the Antarctic.
  • 12:35 - What kind of barriers do executives put up when Rob speaks at companies?
  • 13:55 - Inspiration trails away. It's important for companies to revisit inspiration.
  • 14:40 - Rob believes sustainable inspiration is what corporations lack.
  • 15:00 - There's a lack of trust in big corporations.
  • 15:35 - How does Rob sustain his inspiration? He is currently on a 50 year mission.
  • 21:20 - If you're in doubt about climate change, then all you have to do is visit Antarctica.
  • 22:00 - All of us have a leadership story. Who are you? What have you accomplished?
  • 22:45 - Get your story right. Without a story, you will not inspire other people.
  • 24:45 - What do people takeaway from their expedition to Antarctica?
  • 27:50 - What are Rob's plans for the future?
  • 33:20 - The world is overrun by bad news, let's make an effort to be in the good news business.
  • 33:45 - What are some of Rob's morning rituals?
  • 36:25 - What has Rob changed his mind about recently?
  • 38:45 - What advice would Rob have for his 25-year-old self?

http://innovationecosystem.com/robert-swan

Jul 5, 2016

Cris Beswick is a former product and industrial designer and has spent the last decade as a successful entrepreneur. He is now a globally recognized thought leader on strategic innovation and creating innovative organizations. Cris is also the author of Building a Culture of Innovation and discusses strategic ways leaders and entrepreneurs can apply an innovative framework into their company.

  • 02:30 - How did Cris get started in this industry?
  • 05:05 - Innovation is everywhere, but very few businesses know how to properly execute it.
  • 08:20 - Innovation needs company culture behind it for it to succeed.
  • 09:00 - Cris helps big organizations retain their culture as they begin to grow.
  • 10:10 - What are successful entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs doing really well?
  • 12:25 - How are you engaging your senior team currently?
  • 14:15 - What are leaders doing right now that's been really effective for culture innovation?
  • 15:35 - Good leaders constantly remind their team about the importance of innovation.
  • 18:25 - How do leaders drive their team to new areas without disrupting performance?
  • 21:50 - Cris talks about his latest book on innovation and why it's different from all the others.
  • 26:55 - Cris's book goes into the real nuts and bolts of how to execute a culture of innovation within a large organization.
  • 30:00 - Good innovation has measurements and goals in place to track success.
  • 33:10 - A large number of senior teams admit they don't know their customers well enough.
  • 38:00 - After managing millennials, the next leadership challenge is how to manage and lead team collaborations.
  • 38:45 - Will we see a future where companies are collaborating with their customers as they design new products?
  • 39:40 - What are Cris's morning rituals?
  • 41:10 - What has Cris changed his mind about recently?
  • 42:15 - What advice would Cris have for his 25-year-old-self?

http://innovationecosystem.com/cris-beswick

Jun 28, 2016

Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors. In the book, Gillian interviews incredibly successful entrepreneurs, mentors and people like Warren Buffett, to discover their secrets to success and innovation. On today's show, she discusses some of the insights into the lives of these successful and driven people and talks on what truly makes them tick.

  • 02:35 - Why did Gillian write Getting There?
  • 03:10 - You don't need to know where you're heading when you're starting out.
  • 03:45 - Successful people have a very fluid mindset and they're open to change.
  • 05:35 - Everybody in Gillian's book is an entrepreneur and a trail blazer.
  • 06:30 - How does innovation really happen?
  • 06:45 - All of Gillian's entrepreneurs question everything and they don't blindly follow others.
  • 07:20 - Gillian talks about Warren Buffett.
  • 10:20 - How important is luck?
  • 12:15 - Get ready to hear the word 'no' multiple times.
  • 13:05 - Resilience is the key to success.
  • 14:35 - Gillian was so confident in what she was doing, she didn't mind the word 'no'. Her drive kept her going for five years, which is how long it took to complete the book.
  • 15:35 - You have to believe in your product.
  • 17:35 - What advice does Gillian have for executives who are struggling to make an impact?
  • 18:45 - If you remember who you are, you can do anything.
  • 19:40 - You have to create your own opportunities.
  • 21:00 - Don't let the fear of failure deter you.
  • 22:15 - If you don't want to quit at least once a month, you're not trying hard enough.
  • 25:00 - If Gillian had to do this all over again, who would she put in the book?
  • 27:25 - How did Gillian manage to interview all these people for her book?
  • 29:05 - Surround yourself with high-grade people.
  • 30:15 - What are Gillian's morning rituals?
  • 30:25 - What has Gillian changed her mind about recently?
  • 31:25 - What advice does Gillian have for her 25-year-old self?
  • 33:25 - What's Gillian's next project? That's a secret for right now!

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/gillian-zoe-segal/

Jun 21, 2016

Gerard Adams is known as The Millennial Mentor and is a thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded the popular online news platform Elite Daily and sold it for $50 million to The Daily Mail. At only 30 years old, he has backed 9 companies and has made 7 figures in revenue. Discover his story in today's podcast.

  • 02:30 - How did Gerard get started?
  • 03:50 - Gerard learned to be a leader through his father.
  • 04:50 - Gerard's father was always hiding notes for Gerard to find and be inspired by.
  • 08:10 - How did Gerard start Elite Daily?
  • 11:00 - Gerard talks about the 2008 crash and how it affected his friends and his business.
  • 13:45 - Elite Daily was acquired by the Daily Mail for 50 million.
  • 16:50 - After joining a Tony Robbins seminar, Gerard was inspired to become a leader for this generation.
  • 17:55 - Gerard shares a bit of light on Millennials and their relationship with employment.
  • 20:25 - The way we communicate is changing, the technology is changing, but what hasn't changed is the grit and the hard work involved.
  • 20:45 - Millennials want to bring their dreams to work, but is this a myth?
  • 23:15 - How did Gerard build the right company culture for Millennials?
  • 26:50 - Stuck in a cubicle? Don't miss out on Gerard's advice here.
  • 28:05 - Gerard talks about his web series, Leaders Create Leaders.
  • 31:35 - What are Gerard's morning rituals?
  • 32:15 - What has Gerard changed his mind about recently?
  • 35:35 - What advice does Gerard have for a young Millennial? Don't procrastinate.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/gerard-adams

Jun 14, 2016

Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor for the first seven years. His new book is called The Inevitable, where he discusses the 12 technological forces that will change our future. On today's show, he talks on how technology will shape organizations and why leaders need to adapt to a teaching mentality within the company.

  • 02:55 - Who is Kevin and what does a typical week look like for him?
  • 06:35 - Kevin talks about one of his books, Cool Tools.
  • 08:10 - Why did Kevin become so optimistic about technology back in the 80's?
  • 12:05 - Kevin talks about his latest book, The Inevitable, and what it means to entrepreneurs/corporate executives.
  • 15:10 - Questioning authority is now the default.
  • 17:35 - We have to train ourselves on how to scan and use our digital media properly, just like the way we learned how to read, write, and speak.
  • 18:40 - What kind of skills would people need to survive in the future?
  • 19:50 - No matter what career field you're in, you have to become a teacher in order to effectively disrupt.
  • 21:40 - What does a CEO have to know today?
  • 22:20 - We're having the second industrial revolution right now – The power of AI.
  • 25:15 - AI will mostly be replacing tedious tasks, other than jobs.
  • 27:25 - Machines are good at answering questions, whereas people are good at asking those questions. This means a good question will be ever more valuable because machines can't do it.
  • 30:30 - Innovation is primarily failure.
  • 33:30 - There's no perfect school out there. You, as the parent, have to fill in for your children.
  • 34:05 - The only way we know what technology is good for is by using it, not by prohibiting it.
  • 36:40 - Learning is the new currency.
  • 44:00 - China is going a thousand miles into the future; however, they still don't know where they want to go.
  • 47:15 - What is Kevin afraid about? Treating our AI like slaves.
  • 51:20 - What's the next big project for Kevin?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/kevin-kelly/

Jun 7, 2016

Scott Peltin is founder and chief performance officer of Tignum, a company that helps his executive clients achieve their full potential. He's worked with CEOs, C-level executives, professional athletes, and many top leaders to improve their performance and sustainability. Prior to founding Tignum in 2005, Scott worked on the front-line for over 25 years as a firefighter and as a captain, and later led his crews as a battalion and division chief in the Phoenix Fire Department.

  • 02:20 - How did Scott get started?
  • 03:55 - Why is leadership not taught?
  • 05:55 - Scott shares an example of the kind of work he provides and how he helps CEOs succeed.
  • 10:50 - What happened to Bob six months after Scott's training? He finally has the tools he needs to handle difficult situations.
  • 13:00 - What can someone do straightaway to recover from their stressful lives?
  • 14:45 - Beware of the stories you tell yourself.
  • 18:20 - What happens if people are constantly grabbing your attention in the hallways? Scott has a solution for you.
  • 21:00 - Mindset is contagious. Let's talk mindset.
  • 27:00 - Do generations work differently in the workplace?
  • 29:15 - When multitasking, you have to feed the brain the right nutrients in order to succeed.
  • 30:30 - What's the next wave of performance technology going to be?
  • 35:50 - Don't forget to sign up to Scott's newsletter as he offers a ton of great insights.
  • 35:55 - What are Scott's morning rituals?
  • 37:40 - What have you changed your mind about recently?
  • 39:30 - What advice would Scott give his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/scott-peltin

May 31, 2016

Colin Melvin is the Global Head of Stewardship for Hermes Investment Management as well as the Founder and Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services. It is Colin's mission to innovate and create successful stewardship for large institutional investors, enabling them to be active engaged owners of the companies in which they invest. Colin describes why there's such a huge disconnect in this industry and what he and his team do to help change that.

  • 01:00 - Who is Colin Melvin?
  • 05:45 - Why are investment/pension funds shifting?
  • 09:45 - The proper function of the financial system should be the allocation of capital, but that's not happening.
  • 12:00 - We currently have a short-term relationship between the investor and the company.
  • 13:55 - Adopting what the UN has done for ethical business practices, Colin and his company are focusing on responsible business principles for investment firms.
  • 16:35 - What challenges has Colin faced while implementing these new changes?
  • 20:25 - Colin shares an example of their global reach.
  • 23:35 - Colin explains his role at Hermes.
  • 27:00 - It has taken Colin and his team 11 years to get to where they are today.
  • 27:50 - Colin discusses the concept of 'The Universal Owner'.
  • 29:45 - Is the government getting involved with this process?
  • 32:00 - Colin believes there have been some political shifts based on the investment industry shifting.
  • 35:15 - What if we valued companies differently? In a more dynamic way? Colin explains further.
  • 36:45 - What skills has Colin used that have lead to his success?
  • 38:45 - Does Colin have any daily rituals?
  • 39:45 - What advice would Colin give his 25-year-old self? Don't be afraid.

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/colin-melvin/

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