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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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124: Michael Alan Tate—How A Strategic Plan Can Get You Where You Want To Go

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 18, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Michael Alan Tate explains how to create successful career move strategies!

I had a wonderful podcast interview with Michael Alan Tate. You will enjoy listening to him, too. What was of such interest? The challenges of change, of course, something that we at SAMC spend a lot of time working on with clients. Michael has been an executive consultant and career coach for more than 20 years. He is also the founder and president of On the Same Page Consulting, as well as an inspiring speaker and author. His first book, “Design a Life that Works,” teaches how to balance business, career, family and personal values in an individual strategic life plan. His latest book, "The White Shirt," gives you the tools to create successful career move strategies. This is one podcast you shouldn't miss—we can all learn so much from Michael!

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Topics: business strategy, business leadership

125: Jared Tate—Creating DigiByte, Cryptocurrency With the Best Speed, Ease and Security

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Jared Tate shares how he is powerfully disrupting currency with blockchain!

You might just be a real fan of Jared Tate. So many in the DigiByte (DGB) world are. Jared founded DigiBYte in 2013, then the next year, launched DGB's genesis block to create a better cryptocurrency. Recognizing that blockchain is the wave of the future (or more accurately, the tsunami), disrupting all kinds of markets and creating new ones, we did a podcast with Jared in June 2018. So much has happened since then that we did another one just now, and Jared was terrific, again. Clearly, blockchain and cryptocurrency are two phenomena you should be watching carefully, and listening to our podcast with Jared is an important step in that direction.

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Topics: business innovation, business leadership, blockchain

121: Jill Johnson—Small Business Guru and Business Plan Expert

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 Jill Johnson is helping women of color entrepreneurs succeed!

Today, in 2019, 40% of the businesses in the U.S. are owned by women. In this podcast, Jill Johnson and I discuss the challenges faced by women of color in starting a business, finding the capital to underwrite its growth, and developing the business acumen to successfully take their ideas and turn them into brilliant innovations. It is never easy. Listen in and learn how Jill did it!

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs

123: Richard Sheridan—How To Lead With Joy And Purpose!

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 11, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Richard Sheridan shares how to build a workplace full of joy!

A little over a year ago, in January 2018, I had the pleasure, or should I say “joy,” of speaking with Richard Sheridan and several of his staff about the Joy he has infused into his business, Menlo Innovations. After leading a workshop on culture change at a conference hosted by Richard, I've grown very fond of him and his approach to life, not just business. He now has a new book out, Chief Joy Officer,” a powerful follow-up to his first book, “Joy, Inc.” In his book and in our podcast, Richard shares his approach to leadership. Definitely listen, learn and share!

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Topics: Corporate Anthropology, business leadership, business culture

122: Allison De Paoli—Gaining Control Of Your Healthcare Benefits Costs

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Allison De Paoli explains how to contain benefit spending
and care for employees!

When I was first introduced to Allison De Paoli, I wondered how you, our listeners and readers, would feel about her topic: how to control employer spending on healthcare benefits for their employees. I urge you to listen in before you judge whether this is really relevant to you. In fact, this is as much about you and your needs as it is about those of your company's CEO, employee benefits officer or budget director. Maybe you and your employer can find hidden costs that are driving benefits expenses up? I guarantee you, we can all gain from what Allison has to say.

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Topics: business strategy, women in business, anthropology, business change

120: Michelle Turman—Positive Changes Needed To Keep Your Business Growing

Posted by Andrea Simon on Feb 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Michelle Turman talks about innovative change to maintain your growth!

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Maybe you're looking around the one you're in and want to run yours with better organizational skills? Are you “On the Brink” of launching a new venture that is truly a reflection of your passions? Whatever your situation, perhaps it is time to meet and learn from Michelle Turman: author, woman entrepreneur, business owner, consultant, change strategist. Michelle is a really special lady and I heartily invite you to listen in!

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Topics: Culture Change, business change management, women entrepreneurs

118: Roger Nierenberg—How Music Can Transform The Way Your Organization Functions

Posted by Andrea Simon on Feb 11, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Roger Nierenberg explains how The Music Paradigm helps you see your organization with fresh eyes!  

We are delighted to have with us today Roger Nierenberg, an exceptional conductor and innovator who has taken his musical passion and skills and become a “go-to” inspiration for businesses. Through the metaphor of music, Maestro Nierenberg helps organizations “see, feel and think” about themselves with fresh eyes. Quite amazing. Very anthropological, which as you know, is right up our alley! Wait til you hearand I mean hearthis pioneering musical genius. 

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Topics: Culture Change, innovation, business culture

117: Rob Westervelt—Thinking Forward for Higher Education

Posted by Andrea Simon on Feb 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Rob Westervelt explains how he dramatically changed one university's vision, finances and culture!  

Rob Westervelt is a visionary leader, an accomplished strategist and a leading innovator whose mission is to create brighter futures, faster. Robert A. Sevier calls him “One of the most forward-thinking leaders in higher education today.” When we were introduced to Rob, we were so impressed that we had to do a podcast with him so he could share his ideas with you, our listeners. A Stanford-trained innovator, Rob is known for his groundbreaking work in creativity and marketing at George Fox University. To learn from a true game-changing visionary, listen in!

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Topics: Higher Education, innovation

116: Maureen Berkner Boyt—Diversity and Inclusion: Let’s Go Beyond Hoping and Make Inclusion Really Happen

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jan 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Maureen Berkner Boyt explains how diversity and inclusion are very good for business!  

Many years ago, the founder of The Moxie Exchange, Maureen (Mo) Berkner Boyt, walked out of yet another leadership meeting where she was the only woman present and thought, “Something has got to change.” So she changed it. Since then, her company Moxie has grown into a thriving community of corporations committed to building inclusive workplaces, as well as women committed to leadership development and professional growth. Its mission? To disrupt unconscious bias and create inclusive and diverse workplaces where talent can thrive. Listen!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, women in business, women entrepreneurs, business culture

115: Elaine Sutton—Applying The Power Of Project Management To At-Risk Youth

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jan 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Elaine Sutton shares how she helps young people manage their lives like a project!  

Elaine Sutton and I met at the HER Summit (Helping Entrepreneurs Rise), the inaugural event of The Simon Initiative, held at the Skandalaris Center at Washington University in St. Louis. What I love about Elaine is her entrepreneurial spirit. (You know we love entrepreneurs!) Using her experiences and expertise to help young people grow into successful adults, she focuses on the power of Project Management because she sees how young people need a process to manage their lives as if it was a project. A great person making a real difference. Take a listen! 

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Topics: Entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs

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