The Innovation Ecosystem: changing perspectives, one podcast at a time

Join us, as we interview remarkable and thought-provoking guests about innovation, leadership and culture in the world of business. We do this by exposing you to multiple perspectives from the arenas of business, academia, science and sports. We bring you key insights and proven tools you can use straight away to enrich your ecosystem so you are better able to respond to change. Full show notes available at
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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?


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?


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?


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?


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?