The Innovation Ecosystem: for leaders in a VUCA world

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
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Mar 30, 2016

Emmanuel Gobillot has been described as 'the first leadership guru for the digital generation' and is a sought after speaker on leadership. He is also the author of three bestselling leadership books and offers a completely fresh perspective on how to tackle leadership successfully. On the show, Emmanuel gives a quick overview of his books, as well as answers key questions on how a leader can really help their team shine and what followers truly desire from a leader.   

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Mar 21, 2016

Orit Wolf is an acclaimed international concert pianist, lecturer, and business consultant for innovative thinking and creative marketing. Orit talks on how she uses her music background to consult companies on innovation and inspire leaders to create a more creative work environment. Listen to Orit’s story and more on today’s episode.

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Mar 14, 2016

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and author of the books Reinventing You and Stand Out. Dorie says that since we live in a disruptive economy where careers and technologies are constantly changing, we have to look at how we market ourselves in a brand new way. Dorie shares valuable stories and insights on some of the people she has encountered who are fluid in this ever-changing work environment and also shares key tips on how you can get your points to be heard by the right people.

  • 01:30 – How did Dorie get started?
  • 03:00 – Marketing has changed drastically in the last ten years.
  • 06:20 – Disruption is everywhere.
  • 07:00 – What are some of the differences in mindsets between a legacy company and a disruptive company?
  • 10:00 – What is it about you that results in you seeing the world differently?
  • 10:35 – Dorie talks about her friend Erica and the example she gives about guacamole Doritos chips.
  • 13:10 – When you find something that is different about you, it could actually end up being a ‘weakness’ you
  • 15:00 – Dorie talks about how you can use power mapping.
  • 17:15 – How can you build a strong following around your ideas?
  • 21:00 – Since we live in a world where careers change quickly, these are all skill sets that can help you in
  • 21:35 – What kind of insights did Dorie Clark discover when she was interviewing people for her book?
  • 24:35 – You need to have systems in place so you can actively focus on one thing at a time.
  • 25:15 – What’s Dorie’s daily ritual? It’s always different for her.
  • 27:15 – There isn’t a one-size-fits-all method to productivity.
  • 33:30 – Dorie talks about the new book that she’s writing.
  • 36:50 – There are a lot more opportunities due to new technology.
  • 38:50 – What has Dorie changed her mind about recently?
  • 41:20 – What advice would Dorie give to her younger self?
  • 42:50 – Feel free to download Dorie’s free 42-page workbook on her site to help you stand out.


Mar 7, 2016

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management. He is also an Associate Dean of Executive Education, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on leadership and strategy. Sydney has published 20 books including Why Smart Executives Fail, Think Again, and Superbosses. On today's episode, Sydney discusses what makes super bosses so unique in terms of how they lead and how they keep great talent.

What Was Covered

  • 02:15 - Do super bosses also have other talents?

  • 03:15 - Super bosses know what kind of talent to look for.

  • 06:55 - Is the pie big enough to be shared when talent wants to start their own business?

  • 09:05 - Sydney shares an example of bosses being supportive of their employees. 

  • 11:35 - Trying to keep your talent is going to end up hurting you more than help you.

  • 13:30 - Is it easy being a super boss in corporate company culture?

  • 15:45 - Are organizations aware that they're doing something special with their company culture?

  • 20:45 - There's a big change happening in our global economy where organizations are focusing much more on human relationships than on automation.

  • 27:35 - Millennials want to have an engaging work life and provide impact.

  • 28:05 - How can you be a super boss?

  • 33:25 - You might not be able to do all of the 'super boss' action steps, but you can still do a lot of them.

  • 37:30 - When you work with a super boss, there is no expiration date to that relationship.