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OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell

In OutsideVoices Mark Bidwell talks to remarkable and compelling leaders from the worlds of business, exploration, arts, sports, and academia. In these conversations he explores topics of fundamental importance to many of us today, both in work and in life, topics ranging from leadership and performance to creativity and growth. OutsideVoices has a clear purpose: to bring fresh and diverse perspectives that help listeners navigate the world we live in.
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Nov 27, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by Amy C. Edmondson to discuss her latest book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. Amy is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and is the world expert on psychological safety, a topic recently made famous by the findings of Google’s Project Aristotle, the quest to build the perfect team.

What Was Covered

  • How leaders can create psychologically safe environments in the workplace, in service of innovation and profitable growth.
  • The ‘fearless’ organization, and why fear-based leadership strategies are a recipe for failure.
  • How leaders leverage approaches from indigenous cultures to deal with some of the worlds more pressing VUCA challenges

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • Psychological safety: why workplaces should be safe spaces for employees to explore, experiment and solve problems.
  • Uncertainty and interdependence: why human and interpersonal fears create unsafe work environments.
  • Silence: why keeping quiet can be dangerous and result in enormous mistakes and value destruction, as well as lost market opportunities.

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Nov 20, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by writer and speaker, Adam Fisher, to discuss his latest book, Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom). Adam has previously worked as a freelance journalist for a variety of prestigious publications and as Features Editor of New York Magazine and Wired Magazine.

  • The Silicon Valley of today, and why Adam believes the industry is now a game between the old and the young
  • The origins of gaming, and the declining role played by women over the course of its evolution
  • The counterculture of Silicon Valley, and why today’s social media obsessed society has corrupted the science of computing

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • Nerd culture: how today’s popular culture has been taken over by the less popular
  • Morality: how a social media obsessed world is failing humanity
  • Doing: why the future of computing innovation relies on doing and not talking

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Nov 14, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by Wanda Draper, who is the Executive Director at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture to discuss her experience on the board of a museum and how museums can influence innovation. Wanda has over 40 years of experience in both broadcast and print journalism and has previously worked as Director of Programming at NBC-affiliated WBALTV, Director of Public Information for the Governor of Maryland, and as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

  • How Wanda uses her transferable communication skills from her time as a journalist to create a new communicative culture.
  • Why museums can offer fresh and creative perspectives that can help spark innovation.
  • How Wanda is helping to shape a new and different kind of museum experience.

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • Inclusivity: how museums are helping to influence visitors of all generations and ethnicities to learn and connect.
  • Lessons: why exhibitions and artworks offer a lesson to be learned.
  • Growth: how museums today are offering unique and personal learning experiences.

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Nov 6, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by cognitive psychologist, Christopher Chabris, who is perhaps best known for his collaborative research on the Ig Nobel prize-winning ‘Gorillas in Our Midst’ experiment and his subsequent popular psychology book, The Invisible Gorilla. Chris is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Union College in New York and a Senior Investigator at Geisinger Health System.

  • Why Chris believes companies often fail the test of inattentional blindness during the product design phase.
  • Why our attention is more limited than we think and how learning self-control can help us to take in more information.
  • Why we overvalue confidence and how we can work to recognize and overcome our own cognitive biases.

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • Inattentional blindness: the surprising facts on how limited our attention is.
  • Illusion of attention: why we think we pay more attention to things than we actually do.
  • Human cognitive architecture: how understanding the limitations and foibles of the human mind can lead to successful product and technology design.

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