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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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160: Chris Tuff—To Work With Millennials, First You Have To Understand Them

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

Learn how to turn Millennials into engaged, motivated employees!

Want to understand Millennials better? Or at all? Listen to my podcast with Chris Tuff. His new book, The Millennial Whisperer,” is a practical how-to guide which shows those of us who work with or manage this demographic (between 25 and 39 years old) how to better understand them—the world’s largest generation—so we can turn the negative stereotypes (selfish, spoiled, self-absorbed) into great employees and highly motivated people. Great stuff we all need to know.

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Topics: Culture Change, business change, millennials

159: Jake Manthei—A Family Firm That Lives Blue Ocean Strategy®

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

Hear how great things happen when you're willing to change!

Jake Manthei and his company, Aster Brands, was a client of ours when I led a Blue Ocean Strategy workshop for their manufacturers last year. These were very smart individuals who each knew it was time to find their Blue Ocean. They also knew they have to continue to innovate, find new ways to solve problems, and at times, pause and re-think “the way we do things.” We had a great time, and I learned a lot about how companies can listen to client needs, see unmet ones, and turn those ideas into real business opportunities, even without following a Blue Ocean Strategy process. It's all about learning how to listen differently. Now it's your turn...listen in!

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, business innovation, family firm

158: Peggy Smedley—What Lies Ahead For The Construction Industry?

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

Hear how blockchain, IoT and big data are transforming our world!

This spring, I was a guest on Peggy Smedley’s ConstructechTV, a highly influential TV show about technology, blockchain and the construction industry. It was such an enjoyable interview that I asked Peggy to share her ideas about technology and construction with our On The Brink listeners. In this podcast, we talk about the challenges she sees in an industry that is well-established, resistant to change, heavily dependent on human labor, and not able to see “what is all around them.” Not hard to see why we connected. Lots to learn here; be sure to listen in.

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Topics: data analysis, women in business, blockchain, IoT

157: Jodi Daniels—How Private Is Your Private Information, Really?

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

Learn why data privacy is a human right you deserve!

Do you ever worry about what personal information you are giving to a website you are buying something from? How is it using that data? What did Cambridge Analytica do with your personal Facebook data to harvest your information and use it for political campaign purposes in 2016? Did it matter to you? Should it? That was even more alarming, and more dangerous, than hackers breaking into Target’s data base and stealing credit card information. Boy, the times, they are a’ changing. Are you? My guest today is Jodi Daniels, a privacy laws guru who can help us sort all of this out and show us how to be safer. I guarantee, you don't want to miss this!

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Topics: busines model innovation, data as storytelling, women in business, women entrepreneurs

156: Sam Radocchia—Your Bitcoin Pizza Is Ready: Hear How Blockchain Is Coming Soon To You

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

Learn about the emerging technologies that are coming at us, fast!

Samantha Radocchia, or "Sam Rad" for short, is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, futurist and emerging tech advocate who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologistwhich is why I was so excited to have her join me on our podcast. Did you know that On The Brink With Andi Simon is ranked in the top 9 futurist podcasts for 2019? (You can read about it on LinkedIn.) This led us to ask, What is a futurist?, which led us to Sam Rad, a perfect guest for our program. Sam did a podcast with me back in 2018 on blockchain which was shared widely. In this podcast, we focus on her new book, "Bitcoin Pizza: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blockchain,"  as well as what has been happening with blockchain in the year since we last spoke. Don't miss it!

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Topics: women entrepreneurs, business innovation, blockchain, future trends

155: Byron Reese—A Futurist Reveals How Technology Is Transforming Our Entire Society

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 7, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Learn about the future of your work and your life!

Futurist-technologist-entrepreneur Byron Reese is a lover of technology and history, which may sound strange. But he truly appreciates how the past and the future are deeply connected, and that if we don’t look back, we will have a much harder time appreciating where we are going as we move forward, ever faster and faster...something he examines in his new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers & The Future of Humanity.” Listen, learn, share!

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Topics: technological innovation, technology, future trends

154: Benjamin Mathes—Recovering The Lost Art Of Listening

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 30, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Learn what the incredible power of listening can do!

I received a copy of Benjamin Mathes’ book, Short Paragraphs on Listening,” as a gift after a speech I gave recently in Los Angeles. Not knowing much about Ben, I was curious about why an actor was teaching others about how to listen, even asking them to post signs on street corners encouraging strangers to come speak with them. But that is Ben’s magic. In our podcast, we dig deep into Ben’s own life experiences and the need to listen to others if we are going to find ourselves. As you listen to Ben, you too will realize that listening is far more important than most of us ever thought. Perhaps you'll find yourself pausing, listening and enjoying others in totally new ways. That's what happened to me...hopefully to you too. Enjoy, and please share.

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Topics: emotional intelligence, driving change, social change

153: Amy Santee—How Anthropology Is Revolutionizing Design Strategy

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropology is bringing you better design!

This was a wonderful interview with a fellow anthropologist. Amy Santee is a design research and strategy consultant working in product development, innovation and business strategy. Trained as an anthropologist, Amy incorporates a human-centered lens to help teams build products, services and brands through an understanding of people, context and experience. What does that mean for you? Listen to our fascinating conversation and you'll find out. Learn and share!

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Topics: Business Anthropology, Corporate Anthropology, women in business, anthropology

152: Mark Schaefer—Are You Ready For The Marketing Rebellion?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 16, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hear how consumers have the power to drive marketing!

Are you overwhelmed by the breakneck speed of change in business? Do constantly-shifting consumer trends, unrelenting technology advances and omnipresent digital marketing leave you feeling irrelevant and lost? Fear not. Mark Schaefer can help you stay ahead of the curve. A globally-recognized marketing and social media keynote speaker, business consultant and best-selling author, Mark shows us how hyper-empowered consumers can actually drive business results rather than exist as manipulated pawns. This is priceless advice — don't dare miss it!

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, business change management

151: Carsten Tams—Changing The Way We Manage Change

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 9, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to really bring about real change!

Carsten Tams and I have a lot in common. We both work with organizations that need or want to change. And, we both know the challenges of helping people transform their company, unit, department, or just themselves. Human brains hate to change, even when they're facing a crisis or anticipating one coming soon. What to do? Carsten's process, deeply embedded in humanism and the power of human agency, helps organizations change. In our talk, you'll hear about his own experiences, research and case studies. Ready to change? Listen in and let us lend a hand.

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Topics: Change Management, Culture Change, Corporate Culture, driving change

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