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Jun 27, 2017

In this episode, we are joined by Michael Mueller, partner and co-founder of Acrea, an innovative management consultancy which focuses on helping companies thrive in the digital age. Michael started his career at McKinsey after which he went on to hold a number of senior IT management roles within the banking industry.  More recently he has developed his entrepreneurial career by founding a startup B2B travel company.

What Was Covered

  • The three most typical ways businesses are being impacted by digitization – through the creation of entirely new business models, by establishing new customer experiences, and via transforming the delivery of whole parts the operations of a business via technology
  • The challenge established businesses face in dealing with their technology ‘debt’ in contrast to startups who can build their infrastructures from scratch at a fraction of the cost
  • How a “failure to communicate” still exists between the IT and management groups of businesses – even as the importance of technology to operations continues to grow
  • The reality of customer acquisition costs for startups compared to the established client bases of existing businesses

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • The need for organizations to think long term when it comes to managing their technology costs
  • The importance for startups to understand their intended customer base and to face the reality of customer acquisition costs
  • The need for IT and management to adopt a common language to gain better understanding of how technology impacts their business, what it can do, how much it costs
Jun 13, 2017

Steven Kotler is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist, and the Cofounder and Director of Research at The Flow Genome Project, a research organisation dedicated to understanding the peak human performance state of Flow. Today he joins us to discuss how to hack Flow and how it can improve business performance.

What was covered

  • Understanding flow as the peak state of consciousness in human performance and how it is the signature of commitment and performance in domains as varied as business and sports 
  • How flow is one of the most important skills for employees to have in the 21st century, its importance in driving creative problem solving in the VUCA world, and why companies like Patagonia embed it into their cultures and processes. 
  • The four stages of flow, and what you can do to build it into your work and personal life.  

Key Takeaways and Learnings 

  • Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ – working on a challenge that is neither boredom nor anxiety inducing – and how this is the most recurrent position in which Flow occurs 
  • Understanding the triggers of flow and how using one or more effectively in managing yourself and employees in business can maximize Flow performance  
  • How each of the four stages of the Flow cycle is essential to producing flow and the emotions such as frustration are actually a sign of heading in the right direction 

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