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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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?



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?


Sep 20, 2016

Amantha Imber is the Founder of Inventium, a company that uses science-based innovation to help organizations unlock their growth. Amantha has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Coca-Cola and Disney, and is the author of The Creativity Formula: 50 Scientifically-proven Creativity Boosters for Work and for Life. On this episode, Amantha discusses how to encourage a risk-taking company culture that isn't afraid to fail in the name of innovation, as well as what she personally looks for in a new hire.

  • 03:20 - Who is Amantha and how did she get started?
  • 04:45 - What is Amantha's book about?
  • 05:20 - Amantha discusses some of the innovation taking place in Australian companies.
  • 08:05 - How Amantha and her team have helped big-names like Coca-Cola and Disney with their innovation.
  • 09:45 - When you're working on creative ways to disrupt the industry, you have to apply a long-term game plan.
  • 11:15 - How does Amantha effectively measure the before and after of a company's innovation?
  • 11:25 - It's difficult to foster a risk-taking company culture.
  • 13:00 - How did Tata successfully build a company culture where it was okay to fail in the name of innovation?
  • 15:20 - What would a typical day at Inventium look like?
  • 16:50 - Unfortunately, companies do not give enough autonomy and control to their employees.
  • 17:50 - If managers are simply telling staff what to do, they are also killing creativity.
  • 21:00 - When people feel challenged, they produce more innovative outcomes.
  • 23:55 - What does Amantha look for when hiring new talent?
  • 27:15 - How important is purpose in a company?
  • 29:15 - How to use the innovation audit/self-assessment quiz that's in The Creativity Formula book.
  • 31:25 - The Creativity Formula caters to both the individual at the employee level looking to make a difference as well as senior leaders.
  • 32:15 - What has Amantha changed her mind about recently?
  • 33:30 - What does Amantha do to remain creative?
  • 34:45 - What Amantha contributes her life’s success to.


Sep 13, 2016

James Breiding is the author of Swiss Made, a book on why Switzerland -a tiny country with few natural advantages- has become so successful in the world of banking, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and more. James discusses innovation in Switzerland and makes the point that when an entrepreneur comes up with a new and innovative method or product, there will be resistance from those who have accepted the status quo. Entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs need to have thick skin if they wish to disrupt the market.

  • 03:55 - Why did James write the book, Swiss Made?
  • 05:30 - This book is now used by Swiss diplomats, although it was not originally intended to be that way.
  • 07:20 - What are some of the factors that have contributed to Switzerland's economic strength?
  • 09:55 - Switzerland and other small countries tend to be more modest. James explains further.
  • 11:25 - The average age of an S&P 500 company is 15 years.
  • 14:10 - As James investigated further into the longevity of Swiss companies, was there a particular story that surprised him?
  • 15:10 - About 11% of Swiss citizens live overseas.
  • 19:30 - James discusses Swatch's story.
  • 20:40 - Nobody has been able to replicate the Swatch.
  • 24:40 - Apple isn't the only company who was able to create absolute raving fans over their products.
  • 24:55 - Nestle's senior management was completely against the idea of Espresso.
  • 26:35 - People underestimate how costly innovation is. You need to have a high tolerance for failure.
  • 27:05 - We see the successes, but we very rarely see the failed attempts that don't make the history books.
  • 29:15 - Successful founders like Steve Jobs tend not to be people you want to have a beer with.
  • 29:45 - Innovators will get resistance from people who are used to doing things the tried and true way.
  • 31:10 - Why do multinationals love Switzerland?
  • 34:50 - Is there a connection between the success of small companies being located in countries with conscription?
  • 38:05 - How does James think about innovation and does he adapt his investment approach when dealing with an innovative company?
  • 42:50 - What are James's morning rituals?
  • 44:00 - What has James changed his mind about recently?
  • 45:30 - What advice does James have for his 25-year-old self?
  • 50:55 - Look out for James's new book, Too Small to Fail, set to be released in 2017.


Aug 30, 2016

Previewing Season Two of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and a sneak peek into a few of the conversations I've been having with upcoming guests.

Jul 19, 2016

Wrapping up Season One of the Innovation Ecosystem Podcast and reviewing the insights our many remarkable and thought provoking guests have given on leadership, innovation, and change in the world of business.

Jul 12, 2016

Robert Swan is a polar explorer, environmentalist, and the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. He compares his icy experiences to boardroom maneuvers and his inspirational addresses have received the acclaim of discerning audiences worldwide. It is Robert's lifetime goal to work for the preservation of the Antarctic, as it is the last great wilderness on earth. Discover more about Robert and his mission on today's podcast.

  • 03:05 - How did Rob become an explorer?
  • 03:55 - What did Rob learn on his first expedition?
  • 04:35 - 30 years ago Rob had to raise 5 million dollars to go on his first expedition.
  • 05:35 - Rob gained credibility through persistence.
  • 05:45 - If people say no, listen to why they're saying no.
  • 07:15 - After spending a year in close quarters with his team, what did Rob learn about leadership and about people?
  • 10:15 - What is 2041? What is Rob trying to do currently?
  • 10:50 - It's crucial to have a clear mission and stand for something.
  • 12:00 - Rob has been on a 50 year mission to protect the Antarctic.
  • 12:35 - What kind of barriers do executives put up when Rob speaks at companies?
  • 13:55 - Inspiration trails away. It's important for companies to revisit inspiration.
  • 14:40 - Rob believes sustainable inspiration is what corporations lack.
  • 15:00 - There's a lack of trust in big corporations.
  • 15:35 - How does Rob sustain his inspiration? He is currently on a 50 year mission.
  • 21:20 - If you're in doubt about climate change, then all you have to do is visit Antarctica.
  • 22:00 - All of us have a leadership story. Who are you? What have you accomplished?
  • 22:45 - Get your story right. Without a story, you will not inspire other people.
  • 24:45 - What do people takeaway from their expedition to Antarctica?
  • 27:50 - What are Rob's plans for the future?
  • 33:20 - The world is overrun by bad news, let's make an effort to be in the good news business.
  • 33:45 - What are some of Rob's morning rituals?
  • 36:25 - What has Rob changed his mind about recently?
  • 38:45 - What advice would Rob have for his 25-year-old self?

Jul 5, 2016

Cris Beswick is a former product and industrial designer and has spent the last decade as a successful entrepreneur. He is now a globally recognized thought leader on strategic innovation and creating innovative organizations. Cris is also the author of Building a Culture of Innovation and discusses strategic ways leaders and entrepreneurs can apply an innovative framework into their company.

  • 02:30 - How did Cris get started in this industry?
  • 05:05 - Innovation is everywhere, but very few businesses know how to properly execute it.
  • 08:20 - Innovation needs company culture behind it for it to succeed.
  • 09:00 - Cris helps big organizations retain their culture as they begin to grow.
  • 10:10 - What are successful entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs doing really well?
  • 12:25 - How are you engaging your senior team currently?
  • 14:15 - What are leaders doing right now that's been really effective for culture innovation?
  • 15:35 - Good leaders constantly remind their team about the importance of innovation.
  • 18:25 - How do leaders drive their team to new areas without disrupting performance?
  • 21:50 - Cris talks about his latest book on innovation and why it's different from all the others.
  • 26:55 - Cris's book goes into the real nuts and bolts of how to execute a culture of innovation within a large organization.
  • 30:00 - Good innovation has measurements and goals in place to track success.
  • 33:10 - A large number of senior teams admit they don't know their customers well enough.
  • 38:00 - After managing millennials, the next leadership challenge is how to manage and lead team collaborations.
  • 38:45 - Will we see a future where companies are collaborating with their customers as they design new products?
  • 39:40 - What are Cris's morning rituals?
  • 41:10 - What has Cris changed his mind about recently?
  • 42:15 - What advice would Cris have for his 25-year-old-self?

Jun 28, 2016

Gillian Zoe Segal is the author of Getting There: A Book of Mentors. In the book, Gillian interviews incredibly successful entrepreneurs, mentors and people like Warren Buffett, to discover their secrets to success and innovation. On today's show, she discusses some of the insights into the lives of these successful and driven people and talks on what truly makes them tick.

  • 02:35 - Why did Gillian write Getting There?
  • 03:10 - You don't need to know where you're heading when you're starting out.
  • 03:45 - Successful people have a very fluid mindset and they're open to change.
  • 05:35 - Everybody in Gillian's book is an entrepreneur and a trail blazer.
  • 06:30 - How does innovation really happen?
  • 06:45 - All of Gillian's entrepreneurs question everything and they don't blindly follow others.
  • 07:20 - Gillian talks about Warren Buffett.
  • 10:20 - How important is luck?
  • 12:15 - Get ready to hear the word 'no' multiple times.
  • 13:05 - Resilience is the key to success.
  • 14:35 - Gillian was so confident in what she was doing, she didn't mind the word 'no'. Her drive kept her going for five years, which is how long it took to complete the book.
  • 15:35 - You have to believe in your product.
  • 17:35 - What advice does Gillian have for executives who are struggling to make an impact?
  • 18:45 - If you remember who you are, you can do anything.
  • 19:40 - You have to create your own opportunities.
  • 21:00 - Don't let the fear of failure deter you.
  • 22:15 - If you don't want to quit at least once a month, you're not trying hard enough.
  • 25:00 - If Gillian had to do this all over again, who would she put in the book?
  • 27:25 - How did Gillian manage to interview all these people for her book?
  • 29:05 - Surround yourself with high-grade people.
  • 30:15 - What are Gillian's morning rituals?
  • 30:25 - What has Gillian changed her mind about recently?
  • 31:25 - What advice does Gillian have for her 25-year-old self?
  • 33:25 - What's Gillian's next project? That's a secret for right now!


Jun 21, 2016

Gerard Adams is known as The Millennial Mentor and is a thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded the popular online news platform Elite Daily and sold it for $50 million to The Daily Mail. At only 30 years old, he has backed 9 companies and has made 7 figures in revenue. Discover his story in today's podcast.

  • 02:30 - How did Gerard get started?
  • 03:50 - Gerard learned to be a leader through his father.
  • 04:50 - Gerard's father was always hiding notes for Gerard to find and be inspired by.
  • 08:10 - How did Gerard start Elite Daily?
  • 11:00 - Gerard talks about the 2008 crash and how it affected his friends and his business.
  • 13:45 - Elite Daily was acquired by the Daily Mail for 50 million.
  • 16:50 - After joining a Tony Robbins seminar, Gerard was inspired to become a leader for this generation.
  • 17:55 - Gerard shares a bit of light on Millennials and their relationship with employment.
  • 20:25 - The way we communicate is changing, the technology is changing, but what hasn't changed is the grit and the hard work involved.
  • 20:45 - Millennials want to bring their dreams to work, but is this a myth?
  • 23:15 - How did Gerard build the right company culture for Millennials?
  • 26:50 - Stuck in a cubicle? Don't miss out on Gerard's advice here.
  • 28:05 - Gerard talks about his web series, Leaders Create Leaders.
  • 31:35 - What are Gerard's morning rituals?
  • 32:15 - What has Gerard changed his mind about recently?
  • 35:35 - What advice does Gerard have for a young Millennial? Don't procrastinate.


Jun 7, 2016

Scott Peltin is founder and chief performance officer of Tignum, a company that helps his executive clients achieve their full potential. He's worked with CEOs, C-level executives, professional athletes, and many top leaders to improve their performance and sustainability. Prior to founding Tignum in 2005, Scott worked on the front-line for over 25 years as a firefighter and as a captain, and later led his crews as a battalion and division chief in the Phoenix Fire Department.

  • 02:20 - How did Scott get started?
  • 03:55 - Why is leadership not taught?
  • 05:55 - Scott shares an example of the kind of work he provides and how he helps CEOs succeed.
  • 10:50 - What happened to Bob six months after Scott's training? He finally has the tools he needs to handle difficult situations.
  • 13:00 - What can someone do straightaway to recover from their stressful lives?
  • 14:45 - Beware of the stories you tell yourself.
  • 18:20 - What happens if people are constantly grabbing your attention in the hallways? Scott has a solution for you.
  • 21:00 - Mindset is contagious. Let's talk mindset.
  • 27:00 - Do generations work differently in the workplace?
  • 29:15 - When multitasking, you have to feed the brain the right nutrients in order to succeed.
  • 30:30 - What's the next wave of performance technology going to be?
  • 35:50 - Don't forget to sign up to Scott's newsletter as he offers a ton of great insights.
  • 35:55 - What are Scott's morning rituals?
  • 37:40 - What have you changed your mind about recently?
  • 39:30 - What advice would Scott give his 25-year-old self?


May 31, 2016

Colin Melvin is the Global Head of Stewardship for Hermes Investment Management as well as the Founder and Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services. It is Colin's mission to innovate and create successful stewardship for large institutional investors, enabling them to be active engaged owners of the companies in which they invest. Colin describes why there's such a huge disconnect in this industry and what he and his team do to help change that.

  • 01:00 - Who is Colin Melvin?
  • 05:45 - Why are investment/pension funds shifting?
  • 09:45 - The proper function of the financial system should be the allocation of capital, but that's not happening.
  • 12:00 - We currently have a short-term relationship between the investor and the company.
  • 13:55 - Adopting what the UN has done for ethical business practices, Colin and his company are focusing on responsible business principles for investment firms.
  • 16:35 - What challenges has Colin faced while implementing these new changes?
  • 20:25 - Colin shares an example of their global reach.
  • 23:35 - Colin explains his role at Hermes.
  • 27:00 - It has taken Colin and his team 11 years to get to where they are today.
  • 27:50 - Colin discusses the concept of 'The Universal Owner'.
  • 29:45 - Is the government getting involved with this process?
  • 32:00 - Colin believes there have been some political shifts based on the investment industry shifting.
  • 35:15 - What if we valued companies differently? In a more dynamic way? Colin explains further.
  • 36:45 - What skills has Colin used that have lead to his success?
  • 38:45 - Does Colin have any daily rituals?
  • 39:45 - What advice would Colin give his 25-year-old self? Don't be afraid.


May 24, 2016

David Allen is widely recognized as the world's leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He is the author of Getting Things Done and has shown millions of people how to transform their overwhelming lives into a relaxed and more productive one. Listen to David's popular methodology and how it has helped successful leaders all over the world.

  • 03:15 - What is the 'Getting Things Done' approach David uses?
  • 04:45 - How did you stumble upon this methodology?
  • 06:45 - How does Getting Things Done help with innovation?
  • 08:45 - Nobody went out to be innovative, they just went out to solve problems.
  • 09:30 - What's a typical day look like for a successful tech company using David's system?
  • 11:25 - You need to step back and look at all of the hats you're wearing.
  • 14:00 - Surprisingly, people who are attracted to David's work are people who need it the least.
  • 15:15 - Most of the stress you have is due to breaking agreements with yourself.
  • 15:35 - Getting Things Done is not about getting things done. It's about being engaged with every single moment in your life.
  • 17:45 - The first step is to get everything out of your head and on a piece of paper.
  • 18:55 - Getting Things Done is timeless.
  • 25:15 - David talks the evolution of his business model.
  • 29:55 - Reflection is critical to the decision making process.
  • 32:25 - Keeping stuff in your head is the wrong place to be keeping stuff.
  • 35:45 - What are David's morning rituals?
  • 39:05 - What has David changed his mind about recently?
  • 41:35 - What advice does David have for his 25-year-old self?


May 17, 2016

Shane O'Mara is Principal Investigator and Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin, and is currently Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is the author of the book Why Torture Doesn't Work and discusses some of the neurological effects that stress can have on the human body. Listen in for more great insights from Shane.

  • 04:00 - How necessary is it for your team to understand how the brain works?
  • 07:55 - How does long-term stress effect the human body and the brain?
  • 11:25 - It eventually backfires on organizations who intentionally build high-pressure environments for their employees.
  • 16:15 - If you don't have to solve a problem today, then don't. Think about the problem extensively, even sleep on it.
  • 22:00 - Shane shares an example of why Darwin delayed writing Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection for so long.
  • 24:25 - The part of the brain we use to judge people is the same part we use to judge commercial brands.
  • 29:00 - Shane talks about Google's hiring process.
  • 32:40 - How much do we really understand about the brain?
  • 35:40 - The brain changes by our experiences, by our attitudes, and even by how we talk to ourselves.
  • 36:30 - What's Shane's morning routine?
  • 39:10 - Shane likes to write at night because there are few distractions around.
  • 40:10 - To be chronically sleep deprived is extremely bad for you. Shane explains further.
  • 45:45 - What advice would Shane give to his 25-year-old self?


May 3, 2016

Steven D'Souza is the Founder and Director of Deeper Learning.He is an international educator and the author of two books,Brilliant Networking and Not Knowing. Today, he discusses aleader's relationship with uncertainty and the unknown. He alsodives into how companies can embrace the concept of 'not knowing'and how to teach your staff to be more curious and engaged with theunknown. Find out more about this fascinating subject by listeningin.

  • 03:55 - Uncertainty has a physical impact as well as anemotional impact of feeling threaten.
  • 04:00 - We are afraid to feel the unknown.
  • 04:08 - However, the unknown is not the same asuncertainty.
  • 04:30 - There are many different ways to react to theunknown.
  • 06:40 - It's impossible for leaders to have all theanswers.
  • 07:45 - In the book, Steven discusses the dangers of knowledge,the dangers of thinking we, in fact, do know
  • 08:00 - Why did nobody predict the global financial crisis?People did predict it, but people were over conf
  • 09:05 - We all have limits to what we know.
  • 09:40 - How do companies embrace this idea of 'notknowing'?
  • 13:00 - Successful leadership is making space for others tohelp contribute.
  • 15:20 - Things are not as simple or clear cut as we like tobelieve.
  • 17:35 - When an organization is facing the unknown, it can bean incredibly terrifying place.
  • 21:45 - A lot of innovation happens at the individual level.Steven shares an example.
  • 22:20 - Not knowing can be a blessing sometimes.
  • 24:25 - People who are deep in their industry recognize thelimits of their knowledge.
  • 26:55 - Speak to somebody who doesn't have any knowledge ofyour field and see if you can describe it simply
  • 28:25 - Is there a way to teach others on your team to be morecurious?
  • 30:40 - Steven talks about his first book, BrilliantNetworking.
  • 32:25 - What advice would Steven give his 25-year-oldself?


Apr 26, 2016

Larry Cunningham has written a dozen books, including The Essays of Warren Buffet, Berkshire Beyond Buffett, and Quality Investing. Today, he talks about what the Berkshire subsidiaries are doing correctly and why Warren Buffett is unique as a leader. Larry also shares insightful stories of various CEOs of companies behind Berkshire and how they're able to make their investments profitable.

  • 02:30 - Why did Larry study Warren Buffett and Berkshire?
  • 04:00 - What surprised Larry the most as he was interviewing executives from Berkshire?
  • 05:40 - Berkshire has shifted from being an investment company to a holding company.
  • 06:00 - 20 years ago Berkshire was a 5-10 billion company, but 80% of its assets were in investments.
  • 09:35 - Larry talks about Warren's strategy.
  • 12:40 - The way Warren treats his team makes them feel like they're investing with their own personal money.
  • 14:35 - What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?
  • 17:15 - Berkshire doesn't insist that their subsidiaries have any sort of government or management style.16:45 - The CEO of the Marmon Group told Larry that his company has always been highly decentralized.
  • 18:10 - Out of the 50 acquisitions Berkshire has made in the last 25 years, 40 of them have been private.17:35 - Berkshire relies on and trusts the team to make the best financial decisions.
  • 21:25 - Larry talks about the Berkshire acquisitions that aren't bringing in profit.
  • 27:30 - Larry shares a story about when Berkshire acquired Benjamin Moore Paint.
  • 30:20 - What advice would Larry give to the audience about how to think about disruption?
  • 33:15 - Many of the principles that Berkshire stands for are proven and can be replicated.
  • 36:10 - Larry talks about the Berkshire and 3G Capital acquisition and why it's different than the others.
  • 42:00 - What has Larry changed his mind about recently?40:50 - What are Larry's morning rituals?
  • 43:05 - What advice would Larry have for his 25-year-old self?



Apr 19, 2016

Marc Vollenweider is the CEO of Evalueserve, a company that offers innovative and disruptive solutions to their clients' problems. Marc has a genuinely unique perspective on the changes taking place in various industries and offers a lot of advice, for leaders as well as those working for more traditional and regulated firms, on how they can successfully navigate through these disruptive waters.  

  • 02:50 - Why did Marc leave McKinsey to become an entrepreneur?
  • 04:05 - What does Evalueserve do?
  • 05:00 - How has the analytics marketplace developed over the last 15 years?
  • 08:35 - Marc had two to three fundamental shifts in his business model.
  • 09:00 - How has Marc been able to manage client expectation while at the same time growing his business?
  • 10:05 - Evalueserve helps clients find creative and innovative ways to stand out in their market.
  • 10:40 - How would Marc approach a new client in the financial service industry?
  • 13:15 - Banks want to discover new ways they can save money.
  • 15:15 - How are the best leaders thinking about new changes?
  • 21:00 - How can people currently in these disruptive environments properly prepare for the future?
  • 22:20 - MBA graduates are leaving traditional companies to join a startup.
  • 24:00 - Marc suggests instead of running to a startup, stick to more traditional companies because you will see lots of opportunities for growth as everyone else moves away.
  • 27:25 - As Marc has taken his company through this transformation, what challenges has he faced as a leader.
  • 33:30 - Marc works with about 200 Forbes 1000 companies.
  • 35:20 - Marc talks about his book, Mind+Machine.
  • 38:30 - What are Marc's morning rituals?
  • 39:15 - What has Marc changed his mind about recently?
  • 40:45 - What advice does Marc have for his 25-year-old self?


Apr 5, 2016

Steven P. MacGregor is an expert in executive health and performance. He has a PhD in Engineering Design and has trained with Olympic athletes, Tour de France riders, and Ironman champions. Steven has five elements to his framework – Move, Recover, Focus, Fuel, and Train. Steven explains to Roddy how he uses this foundation to help executives’ health and improve the overall workforce of an enterprise. 

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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.




Feb 29, 2016

Steve Goldstein

Steve Goldstein was the former Chairman & CEO of American Express Bank and the President of the Credit Card Division at Sears. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Why Are There Snow Blowers in Miami? – set to be published in September 6, 2016. Steve is a masterful storyteller and shares key insights as to where companies often fail the most. He also talks on how you can create a company culture with engaged and passionate employees.

Steve Goldstein was the former Chairman & CEO of American Express Bank and the President of the Credit Card Division at Sears. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Why Are There Snow Blowers in Miami? – set to be published in September 6, 2016. Steve is a masterful storyteller and shares key insights as to where companies often fail the most. He also talks on how you can create a company culture with engaged and passionate employees.

What Was Covered

  • 02:05 - What sparked Steve’s desire to break free and write a book?
  • 04:15 - Business books tend to be a bit boring and Steve wanted to change that.
  • 04:30 - Steve interviewed around 16 CEOs in different industries for the book.
  • 06:20 - Stories help people understand concepts better.
  • 08:30 - Does Steve have a repertoire of great stories or do they usually occur at the right moment?
  • 13:10 - Everything at a company starts at the top – good and bad.
  • 13:45 - Company values might be great in theory, but they're often not practiced.
  • 16:55 - People often use lack of time as an excuse.
  • 18:15 - Meetings waste time.
  • 18:55 - There's a fine balance between leading your people vs. managing metrics and hitting targets.
  • 24:15 - What is the solution to having leaders that focus more on the numbers than on their people?
  • 27:45 - Steve shares a story on an interaction he had with a window washer in London.
  • 33:35 - Steve explains why he believes leaders don't talk to their lower-level employees.
  • 36:30 - Why on earth are there snow blowers in Florida? Steve explains.
  • 42:15 - How can you look at the world with fresh eyes?
  • 42:45 - Talk to your employees to find out what's working & what's not working!
  • 44:15 - Create freedom of expression in your work environment and remove fear.
  • 44:50 - If you don't try, you won't fail, but you also won't accomplish anything.
  • 50:50 - How can you make meetings more efficient?
  • 57:45 - What advice would Steve have for his 20-year-old self?



Feb 27, 2016

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell is a globally recognized innovation leader and futurist. She founded futurethink in 2003 and is the author of the book, Kill the Company. Lisa sits down with Mark to discuss how leaders can become more efficient in the work place and how they can properly simplify the work process for everyone in the company.

What Was Covered

  • 01:50 - Why did Lisa start her company, futurethink?
  • 03:10 - Lisa talks about her book, Kill the Company.
  • 04:35 - Asking people to take on more work, doesn't work.
  • 05:50 - What does Lisa look for when she needs to get a better feel of company culture?
  • 07:20 - Leadership is the number one barrier to change.
  • 07:40 - What characteristics do good leaders have when trying to enable change?
  • 09:10 - Good leaders are open to collaboration.
  • 09:40 - The leader’s team can help define the barriers and break them down.
  • 10:15 - Leaders should focus on asking the right questions first, before coming up with the answers.
  • 12:30 - Leaders spend most of their time in meetings and answering emails.
  • 18:35 - Don't call it innovation, call it efficiency.
  • 21:30 - Lisa talks about the book she is currently writing.
  • 21:45 - Lisa believes organizations are addicted to complexity.
  • 26:00 - People want to do meaningful work, not answer emails and attend meetings.
  • 29:00 - Lisa talks about diversity thought; how people think differently.
  • 32:05 - What has Lisa changed her mind about recently?
  • 33:50 - What advice would Lisa give to her 25-year-old self?



Feb 20, 2016

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 and Roderick Millar will bring you key insights, fresh perspectives, and proven tools you can use straight away to make you more successful professionally and personally.


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