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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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May 16, 2017

In this episode Pam Marrone, a serial entrepreneur, having founded, built and sold two biopesticide companies, joins us. She is currently the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations Inc, a Nasdaq listed company at the forefront of the drive towards sustainable agriculture This purpose drove my work at Syngenta, and is central to that of Terramera, the Vancouver-based agtech company that I am on the Board of.

In our discussion we cover: 

  • The arc of Pam's fascinating career.  She shares her unique perspective, developed over four decades in the industry and some of the ups and downs that characterise every entrepreneurial journey
  • How agriculture is being shaped and transformed by digital technologies such as drones, sensors, robotics and big data
  • What it takes to be a paradigm breaker and intrapreneur in an industry like agribusiness, characterised by long product lifecycles, an increasingly challenging regulatory environment, and industry consolidation

Key takeaways and learnings include:

  • Valuable insights for intrapreneurs, irrespective of industry, on to how to drive change from within a large company
  • How important it is for an entrepreneur and business builder to create a strong and sustainable culture, with a focus on hiring slowly and firing fast
  • The disruptions underway in agriculture and the impact these can have on us all
Mar 28, 2017

In this episode, Mark briefly shares his key takeaways from season 3 followed by a special sneak peak at his interview for Nick Skillicorn's Innovation and Creativity Summit coming up next week. Listen in as Nick interviews Mark about his intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial experiences and his key advice for corporate innovators at all levels.

Mar 21, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Bob Johansen who has been helping organisations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. Bob is a distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future where he utilises his extensive training in the social sciences and experience with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organisations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He is also author of a number of books exploring potential futures most recently Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age and The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.

What we cover:

  • Bob explains how he and IFTF help companies like McKinsey, Tesco, UPS, Disney, McDonald's, and Syngenta navigate and survive in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world of the future.
  • We discuss the roles for leaders, organisations and individuals in this world of the future – what will and what won’t work based on case studies in his two recent books Leaders Make the Future and The Reciprocity Advantage.
  • Explore what particular skills and mindsets will be most in demand in the future and how some words of wisdom from Peter Drucker informed his own mindset and habits.
Mar 14, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Tamara Kleinberg, serial innovator, keynote speaker, creator the Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) Assessment and founder of LaunchStreet, a leading platform for individuals and organisations seeking to innovate.

In this episode we cover:

  • The lessons Tamara has learnt throughout her 20 year career advising companies such as Disney, General Mills, RICOH, P&G, J&J on how to create innovative cultures.
  • Why she so firmly believes that everyone has the possibility to be an innovator and the implications of this for leadership in large, established organisations.
  • We walk through Tamara’s IQE Assessment the only tool designed to decipher a person's natural innovative strengths and create the right environment for them to thrive.
Mar 7, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Jenny Fielding Managing Director at Techstars a global venture capital fund for innovative tech startups. Jenny has extensive experience in both the startup and corporate worlds and a strong passion for “marrying startups with corporates” to create innovation and cultural shifts.

 

In this episode we cover:

  • Jenny’s extraordinary success scaling and exiting her first startup Switch-Mobile in three years
  • How she moved a legacy organisation like BBC into the new digital era and founded BBC Labs, the UK’s first corporate incubator.
  • Why infusing corporate and startup culture is so powerful and how she continues to do it at Techstars with the likes of GE, Bosch, Verizon, SAP and PWC.

 

What we learned:

  • Why listening to those from all levels of the organisation is so important in effectively innovating.The virtue of listening is also explored by Robert Cialdini and Kevin Kelly.
  • How potent and powerful the idea of bringing people together from different worlds can be and how it can be done effectively. A point also recognisable in our Innovation Leadership Circle which brings together leaders from different industries to address issues they are facing together.
  • How the startup scene has been hugely idealised and why it’s important to talk openly about the struggles founders face and how it differs from the corporate world.
Feb 28, 2017

Pondering the cure for cancer, developing vaccines for genital herpes, seeking that next big scientific breakthrough and mopping a basement floor is a day in the life of this episode’s guest Dr. Jessica Baker Flechtner, Chief Scientific Officer and Biosciences Pioneer at Genocea Biosciences.

Jessica joined innovative biotech startup Genocea in 2007, soon after the company was founded, and played an essential role in progressing the small company through startup phase to going public. At the same time as building a company, Jessica used her 18+ years of experience in immunology, infectious diseases, cancer and vaccine treatment to lead the Genocea efforts to develop T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies.

Jessica is also a member of the prestigious 40 women over 40 for her passion project to encourage more young women to embark on careers in STEM – learn more about it here. She joins a number of our previous guests, 40 over 40 founder Whitney Johnson, Pamay Bassey and Celine Schillinger in this extraordinary forum.

In today’s episode, learn from Jessica’s journey and rationale for joining an innovative biosciences startup despite her illustrious research career; her key role in bringing a company from the acquisition of venture capital funding through to going public in year and how she and the Genocea team create a culture of discussing failure and celebrating success that helps them maintain their competitive edge in an ever-changing and demanding pharmaceutical industry. This episode is an intriguing soire into the life of a Biosciences startup pioneer and the challenges that come along with it, we hope you enjoy!

Feb 21, 2017

Do you stop and smell the roses every once in awhile ? Do you remember what a raisin really tastes like? Do you take the time to listen to what your inner monologue are really saying?
Today’s guest Josh Spodek has made it his job to remind leaders to do just that. Labelled by Forbes and ABC News as a “Rocket Scientist”, Josh is nothing short of a serial overachiever. He has found success across many fields and disciplines such as science, invention, entrepreneurship, art, leadership, coaching, and education. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc and founder of Spodek Academy. Josh holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner.

Josh’s fascination with leadership as something that could be learned drove him to study it himself and eventually led him down the path of leadership and as an executive coach. He now leads seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, motivation and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and private corporations, including: UBS, EY, Deloitte, McKinsey, BCG, Bain, Time Magazine, Google and many more. He also leads seminars in Leadership, Creativity, Sales, Strategy, and Motivation at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, and INSEAD Singapore, among others. Following visits to North Korea, he lectured on North Korean strategy at Columbia University, and in South Korea and China wrote a book on the topic reviewed as “a very thought-provoking read that may totally change how you interpret the country.”

If his professional achievements alone aren’t enough. Josh also swam the Hudson River, did over 80,000 burpees, wrote over 2,400 blog posts, took over 250 cold showers, coined the term sidcha, and has jumped out of two airplanes. He now lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village and blogs daily at www.joshuaspodek.com.

In this episode, Josh and Mark discuss Josh’s journey from PhD student of astrophysics to launching and failing in the business world and finally becoming a sought-after leadership coach and professor at NYU. They also experiment with some practical tools and exercises Josh uses to build the leadership muscles (for those of you hungry for tools); Finally, they explore the importance of experiential learning or project-based learning for building leadership and personal skills.

Feb 14, 2017

Kevin Cashman is Senior Partner at Korn Ferry, specialising in CEO & Executive Development and Keynote Speaking. Kevin has been in the industry for slightly over 30 years, and has seen leadership principles grow and evolve. He has advised thousands of senior executives and senior teams, in more than 60 countries, so here’s why he believes you need to take a pause, and ask questions, in order to cultivate an innovative company culture.

Feb 7, 2017

Dr. Andy Walshe is a globally recognised leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. He has spent more than 20 years researching ways to “Hack Performance” in sport, culture, military and business to create a deeper understanding of the “Human Potential Construct”. Andy’s ultimate vision is a world where we have established a known recipe for elite performance and thus can equip some of our greatest minds with the tools they need to succeed and improve the world. Andy’s elite performance programs are designed to make accessible, and to democratise these tools, and understandable to all regardless of industry, vocation or passion.

 

Currently leading Human Performance for Red Bull, Andy works with hundreds of international athletes and business leaders to develop and implement elite performance models. In 2012 he lead the performance plan for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump to Earth from the stratosphere. Andy also founded “Glimpses”,  the annual Human Potential Red Ball gathering, a highly-interactive two-day conference bringing together world-class talent.

 

In today’s podcast, Andy and Mark sit down to discuss the intricacies of human potential and how certain qualities of elite performers resonate across sectors, industries and arenas; how companies can evolve to enable more talented employees to excel and his project Human 2.0 which looks at how new technologies especially in the arena of Artificial Intelligence encourage us to explore our own potential at a much higher level.

Jan 31, 2017

Heiko Fischer is the CEO and Founder of Resourceful Humans. The company’s motto is 100% Entrepreneurship and 0% Bureaucracy. How does Heiko incorporate this motto into his company and the companies he consults with? Find out on this week’s episode.

 

Jan 23, 2017

In today’s episode, futurist and simplification guru Lisa Bodell and our host Mark Bidwell reconvene to share more essential tools for leaders and teams to simplify their work environment from her second book Why Simple Wins (check out our book review on Amazon here); they explore insights into how companies like SAP, Southwest Airlines and Syngenta are putting simplification principles into action; and get a sneak peak at her favourite tool “killing complexity” that you can try out for yourself and your team.

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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/

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