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Andrea Simon

Andrea (Andi) Simon, Ph.D., principal and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), has over 20 years’ experience as a sr. executive in the financial services and healthcare industries. A Blue Ocean Strategy® practitioner and trained in Innovation Games®, Andi brings the unique perspective of anthropology to businesses and organizations that need to “see, feel and think” in new ways.
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107: Alex Vorobieff—How To Replace Chaos With Clarity By Realigning Your Business

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 12, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Alex Vorobieff explains how to get unstuck and move your organization forward! 

Ever wonder why companies tend to become more frustrating over time for everyone? Are you overwhelmed by all the concepts and books out there to improve your company? Want to know which ones will actually work and generate a return on your time and money? You're not alone. In this wonderful podcast with Alex Vorobieff, founder of the magazine and podcast Confident ROI and author of "Transform Your Company," we focus on business improvement tools and how they help business leaders achieve the bottom line results they are looking for. 

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Topics: business model innovation, business change management

106: Sam Radocchia—Ready To Trust Blockchain With Everything From Your Food To Your Taxes?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 8, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Sam Radocchia talks about the great things blockchain is capable of! 

Sam (Samantha) Radocchia and I are both big fans of the new technologies that are emerging, particularly blockchain, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. In our podcast, we dig deeply into how these influential innovations are taking hold far more quickly than observers had anticipated. Why? Because individually and combined, they are major transformations of how we do things today. Feeling left behind? No need! Listen in and you'll quickly be in the loop.

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Topics: blockchain, women entrepreneurs, business innovation

105: Steve Smith—What Emerging Leaders Need To Be Effective In Today's Workplace

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Steve Smith talks about how leaders must adapt to changing times! 

Have you noticed? Leadership is changing—a lot—which is causing emerging leaders to wonder what skills they'll need to be effective in today's culturally diverse, technologically supercharged workplace. If you're wondering too, you'll love today's podcast with Steve Smith, President and Founder of GrowthSource Coaching. Steve and I speak about the shift from a hierarchical, top-down leadership style to a more collaborative, team-building, results-focused one. Don't miss it!

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Topics: business leadership, business innovation, business change management

104: Oscar Barrera—Creatively Applying Anthropology To Find Innovative Solutions

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Oscar Barrera teaches us to "see reality" as anthropologists do!

Oscar Barerra has a great story to share and a lot of lessons for all of us to learn. As with many of us, Oscar was not really sure what type of career he wanted to pursue. He did know that he had a knack for seeing things with fresh eyes and turning his ideas into insights for business executives. From rural Mexican highlands to urban shopping malls, Oscar has worked in a variety of industries, all the while helping business leaders better adapt to new technologies. Listen in!

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Topics: anthropology, Business Anthropology

103: Cynthia Forstmann—How Can Archetypes Help You Achieve Your Goals?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 22, 2018 11:14:27 AM

Listen now as Cynthia Forstmann enlightens us about the fascinating role archetypes play in business!

Did you know that all people typically fall into one of twelve major archetypes? And that you might have a dominant archetype and a subdominant one and even a shadow archetype? Why does that matter? Listen to my interview with Cynthia Forstmann, co-founder and president of CultureTalk. What you will hear is a woman who has a passion for storytelling. She is also devoted to helping people understand their archetypes and what they mean for themselves, their relationships and their businesses. I was fascinated by what I learned—you will be too!

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102: Deepa Prahalad—Converting Observation Into Innovations

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 18, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Deepa Prahalad shows us how to solve complex problems innovatively!

We had the pleasure of meeting Deepa Prahalad through a chance meeting in Healdsburg, CA. Were we lucky! Not only is Deepa an internationally acclaimed consultant, innovation leader and design strategist, she co-authored the book "Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business," acclaimed by Fast Company in 2010 as one of the Best Design Books of the Year. Deepa really understands something that is very important to usnamely, how to convert observation into innovations. Design strategy is just that: a way to see things with fresh eyes. Now you understand why Deepa is right up our ally. Take a listen! 

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Topics: innovation, women in business, business innovation

101: Kay Sargent—The Impact of Design On Today's Next-Gen Workforce

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Kay Sargent talks about how workspace design is so important for profitability!

Work is what people do—not a place they go. And yet, as you will hear in my podcast with Kay Sargent, the place where people go to do their work has an enormous impact on the quality and quantity of the work they produce there. A recognized expert on workplace design, Kay works with businesses to design and build the right workspace for a fast-changing workforce who have no use for "business as usual." Sounds challenging? You bet it is. Hear how she does it so well.

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100: Warren Whitlock—How to Overcome the Pain of Change

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 8, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Warren Whitlock teaches us how to capitalize on social marketing!

My book publicist Sarah Wilson suggested that I interview Warren Whitlock for an On The Brink podcast. I did, and it was a delight. Warren is a digital business development strategist and a mobile marketing maven. But he is also very interested in blockchain and the limitless opportunities this new technology offers. We spent our time together talking about the fast pace of change today and how you can keep up with itand why you must. You must take a listen!

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Topics: social media, social marketing, content marketing

099: Dan Miller—Should You Dare To Be On the Road To a Healthier, Longer Life?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 1, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now as Dan Miller teaches us to live longer and healthier!

Dan Miller did his podcast with me from his truck on the side of the road. That is Dan, an amazing man who has committed his life to helping people live longer, healthier, more meaningful lives. Much like the work done by Blue Zone’s author Dan Buettner, Dan Miller is searching for what and how people can extend their lives—and how he can help them do it. Listening to our conversation might just change your life so I urge you not to miss it!

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Topics: healthcare innovation, healthcare change, Healthcare

098: Rick Harris—Shouldn't You Want to Delight Patients and Deliver Care?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 25, 2018 1:33:03 PM

Listen now as Rick Harris talks about being faithful to what people want!

I bet you want to know what “Customer Faithful” is all about! That’s what Rick Harris and I talk about in this podcast. Rick is from the UK and has spent much of his career studying consumer behavior. His passion, and the goal of his company, is to find out what really matters to peoplethe actual consumers or patients who are using your products or services. Much more than a new take on customer service, Customer Faithful enables businesses to be "faithful" to delivering what consumers really want and need. This is fascinating, innovative stuff. Don't miss!

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Topics: Healthcare, healthcare change, healthcare innovation

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