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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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235: Bill Sherman—The Time Is Right For Innovative Thought Leadership

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 28, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how you too can become a thought leader!

I had a lovely conversation recently with Bill Sherman, COO of Thought Leadership Leverage, an organization that supports thought leaders and the role they play in helping businesses understand how to develop and then capitalize on new ideas, growth strategies, and even their core purpose. In our podcast we discuss how thought leaders generate solutions to complex problems by helping companies large and small focus on their priorities. I urge you to listen in.

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Topics: business model innovation, business leadership

234: Shellye Archambeau—How You Can Be Unapologetically Ambitious

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 21, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to break barriers and be the leader you want to be!

Shellye Archambeau is an amazing woman whom I was honored to interview. She has an illustrious career with a lot of firsts. But, as she will tell you, being the first African American woman to achieve her accomplishments was never easy. Instead, her career has been built on her aspirations and her ambitions. Her new book, due out in October, Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms, powerfully tackles how you too can break through your own hurdles, road blocks and glass ceilings that might be holding you back. Want to surge ahead but not sure how? Listen in as Shellye tells us!

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Topics: women in business, women leaders

233: JD Gershbein—How Is LinkedIn Your New World For Building Networks?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to leverage the power of LinkedIn! 

I met JD Gershbein through Peter Winick’s Thought Leadership Leverage roundtables which he so graciously invited me to join. JD is a LinkedIn expert and really understands how to help you leverage the world of social media. Our conversation focuses on the approaches you can take to create your own personal brand. Remember, the story you share becomes who you are, not just a story. And sharing that story, building a personal brand, and creating a business around “you” are essential in today’s new “normal." Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a true innovator.

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Topics: social marketing, social media

232: Tracy Higginbotham—Now Is The Time For Women To Help Women Build Better Businesses

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 8, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to overcome challenges and hurdle over obstacles! 

Tracy Higginbotham is an amazing woman who is dedicated to inspiring women to excel in business, sports and life. She is the founder and president of Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success), which I fell in love with as I learned how hard Tracy and her members were all working to help women succeed. You will hear us discuss her own personal journey and her determination to overcome challenges that could have easily stopped her in her tracks. Instead, she hurdled over the obstacles and became an amazing leader, helping others thrive. I know you will be as inspired as I was. Please enjoy.

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs, women leaders

231: Shannon Polson—How Can You Find Your True Grit?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 31, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to find your grit and be a better leader! 

Shannon Polson was introduced to me through Peter Winick’s Thought Leadership Leverage organization when we were both attending one of Peter's Tuesday lunch hour conversations. I just loved her grit and her personal story, and felt it was important to share it. Shannon was one of the first women to fly Apache helicopters, then became a writer, and now she is developing a program to help women create their own “True Grit.” Believing that conversations, words and books can change the way we see each other and actually change the world, she has made it her job to inspire and transform. We join with her in her mission. Please make sure you listen in.

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs, behavior change, women leaders

230: Nancy Halpern—Innovative Ways To Find Your Political Intelligence

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 24, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to finally solve office politics! 

In this podcast with Nancy Halpern, I had the amazing opportunity to learn more about how she helps companies find workable solutions to that awful problem of office politics. You might think they just come with the territory, that office cultures are all the same: inherently competitive, male-driven and toxic. Well, maybe that is not true. And it doesn’t have to be for your organization. Nancy will help you see how to use her proprietary Political IQ model to assess your organization and pinpoint the sources of the disruptions that are threatening your workplace — particularly during these times of remote work and a new normal. If you want to focus on what matters most and get things done, I urge you to listen.

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Topics: Andrea Simon, Culture Change, women in business, business culture, women leaders

229: Rita Denny—Maybe You Need Anthropology To See Yourself In New Ways

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Hear how anthropology is transforming the world of business!

As a corporate anthropologist, I love bringing to our listeners other great anthropologists who can help them see the application of anthropology in action. Think about your own challenges as you hear about Rita Denny and her journey of discovery. In my work with clients, I often refer to her book, Handbook of Anthropology in Business, co-edited with Patricia Sunderland, in which they discuss dozens of ways that the theory, method and tools of anthropology can be innovatively applied in business settings across the globe. We can all benefit from what Rita has to tell us!

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

228: Gail Hayes—Now Is The Time To Empower Women To Build Better Communities

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 10, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to hear, understand and honor those who are different from us

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Gail Hayes through Peter Winick’s group of thought leaders. Gail was as curious about thought leadership as I was. What we found and then wanted to share with our listeners is how innovative thinking is essential in today’s fast-changing, totally disrupted world. You'll hear how Gail found herself a single mom raising two children without much of a job. Yet, she rethought herself, turned those proverbial “lemons into lemonade” and discovered a new “Gail,” offering exceptional programs for people of all races and perspectives. Her role is to help you see things through a fresh lens — just as we at SAMC do. Take a listen!

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs, women leaders

227: Pat Shea—Use Your Passions To Become Who You Want To Be

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 3, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear about the joy of volunteering and giving to others 

I met Pat Shea through the Women’s Business Collaborative and couldn’t be happier to get to know her. Here is a woman who has a purpose and a passion to help others and wants to share her story. During our podcast, we talk about her own journey and the many twists and turns that led her to where she is today. Now, she has created an innovative platform to help companies and their employees give to others. Here is her story. I urge you to pause and take a listen.

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs, women leaders

226: Jeremy Segal—How to Share Your Wisdom To Influence Others

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 27, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to really, authentically, share your hidden wisdom

Jeremy Segal has a fascinating story to share. His life is a series of successes that follow no pattern or a straight line. He is never sure where he is heading but off he goes, and on the way, builds followers and fans...and businesses that are remarkable. In today’s podcast, Jeremy tells you all about his journey and challenges you to rethink your own. Get ready to learn and grow!

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Topics: emotional intelligence, business leadership

225: Graham Boyd—Isn't It Time To See What We Are Ignoring?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 23, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to transform yourself, your work, and our global challenges.

In this podcast, Graham Boyd and I talk about his passion for helping people see things in new ways. He asks big questions, like, Why is climate change not changing us and why aren’t we addressing it? Why has the coronavirus immobilized some countries and their leadership, particularly the U.S., when China knew what to do from its earlier experience with SARS1 and could have shown others how to respond quickly and effectively? What is it about us humans that keeps us from seeing ourselves in healthy ways so we can help each other thrive? Listen in!

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Topics: Igniting Change, business innovation, social change

224: Todd Cherches—Want To Lead Better? You Must Visualize The New, Not Fear It

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 20, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to “see” where you want your team to go

At SAMC, we often work with people who need or want to change. That’s our job as corporate anthropologists. And what we have learned over the years is that people hate to change unless they can literally see what it is they have to move toward. The human brain is designed to keep us in today’s habits and not let us wander too far astray. But if you can see something new, you can begin to visualize how you can adapt it for yourself. In fact, without visualizing or experiencing the new, you don’t know what it is. You flee it or fear it. You are never sure what “it” is. In this podcast, I bring to you Todd Cherches who has just published a new book about Visual Leadership. It's said, if you can see it you can be it. Listen in as Todd shows us why this is true.

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Topics: business change, change

223: Dr. Mandeep Rai—Do You Need A New Compass To Direct Your Values

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 17, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how we're much more similar than different

I was so delighted to meet Dr. Mandeep Rai. She was referred to me by Sarah Wilson, a wonderful publicist. Dr. Rai has just completed her new book, "The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life, and Leadership," the culmination of her research in 101 countries around the world. She was fascinated by the similarities among very different people, as well as the unique ways in which they "live" their cultures. You will come away from our discussion with insights that can help you live a better life. Don't miss this very special interview!

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Topics: culture, women entrepreneurs

222: Monique Russell—Why Is It So Hard To Communicate?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 15, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to take your communication skills from good to great!

Do you find yourself full of great ideas but struggle to tell others about them? Do you become shy and quiet every time you have to make a presentation? Maybe it’s even difficult to have conversations with your family. In this podcast I bring you Monique Russell, a premier executive communications coach who will share with you how to really communicate what you want to say in an effective way. I know this is a podcast and you’re listening, but you don’t have to see Monique to hear what she wants you to learn. You come to this podcast because you’re curious. And Monique has a perspective that I think you are going to find very exciting to listen to. Join us!

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs

221: Dr Elia Gourgouris and Kon Apostolopoulos—Don’t Struggle: Here Are 7 Ways To Manage The Pandemic

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 13, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to navigate crises in an emotionally healthy way

I was so delighted to meet Dr. Elia Gourgouris and Konstantinos Apostolopoulos that I wanted to share them with you on our podcast. These are two amazing men. They are both of Greek backgrounds and, as you may know, I did my doctoral research on Greek immigrants and Greek culture. To say we had a lot in common is an understatement. What did we talk about? The pandemic, of course, and the new book they wrote in 45 days. That’s right. They decided they had wisdom to share that could help guide people through the COVID-19 crisis, so they put their heads down and made it happen. There are so many great lessons here for all of us. Listen in!

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Topics: emotional intelligence, crisis management

220: Rick Barton and Kit Lunney—Can We Bring Peace To The World Today?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 10, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how real peace can be accomplished in the world

I had the pleasure of meeting Ambassador Rick Barton when he was Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He joins us on the podcast today to share with you his perspective on how to bring peace to the world — not a simple subject. Joining him is his very successful wife, Kathryn (Kit) Lunney. Together they share their perspectives on their journeys throughout the world trying to understand conflicts and find ways to bring people together to end them. This is truly one you do not want to miss.

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Topics: Igniting Change, social change

219: Danielle Grant—Authentic, Ethical, Caring And More Effective Leadership

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 8, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to be an effective transpersonal leader! 

In our podcast with Danielle Grant, co-author of the book "Leading Beyond the Ego" with John Knights and Greg Young, you will learn a great deal about transpersonal leadership. This new approach takes us beyond the theories of Daniel Goleman on Emotional Intelligence and the power of focus which all great leaders possess. Transpersonal leaders add the essential dimension of spiritual intelligence. It is not enough to be smart with a great IQ or emotionally intelligent with a wonderful sense of empathy and EQ. Today’s leader must focus on caring, ethical cultures and sustainability, as they lead others to exceptional performance. Listen in!

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Topics: women in business, business leadership

218: Melissa Davies—Aren't There Powerful Ways To Transform Your Organization?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 6, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how change can keep your business moving forward!

At times we are introduced to people by chance, only to find that they are amazing individuals whom we want to be part of our world. This was how I felt about Melissa Davies when we met, and why we wanted you to know more about her and the work she does to help others change. Founder of Wise Ways Consulting, a leadership development and executive coaching firm, Melissa helps clients become better leaders so they can build more productive and effective teams. Like me, Melissa is a culture change expert, so you can guess we had a lot to talk about!

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Topics: Change Management, Culture Change, women in business

217: Melina Palmer—Why Don’t People Do What They Say

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 3, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn why it's not what you think, it's what your brain does

I bet you have often wondered why you hear people say one thing and then do the opposite. Or, perhaps you know you should do one thing but then find yourself going in another direction. To find answers, behavioral economists study why people are so predictably irrational, which by the way, includes each of us. In this podcast, I speak with a behavioral economist whom you are going to love listening to, Melina Palmer. Afterward, you won't think of your brain the same way!

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs

216: Michelle Richards—Want To Start A Business But Not Sure How?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 1, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how one woman is opening the door for hundreds of others

Michelle Richards has been working with women in Michigan and throughout the US since she completed college. Her passion is in helping women start and grow their own businesses. As funding is often the biggest challenge, you will learn in our podcast how she helps women and minorities find the funding they need and rethink their businesses for these fast-changing times. She is truly an in-the-trenches warrior, advocating for level playing fields for those who too often are overlooked, ignored or left behind. I find her story incredibly inspiring and I know you will too.

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Topics: women in business, women entrepreneurs, women leaders

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