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187: Teresa Douglas—Unleashing Those Secrets To Working Remotely

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

Learn how to successfully adapt to working remotely!

In this time of uncertainty, with a global pandemic, what do you need to know from a podcast? Perhaps how to adapt to fast-changing times. We knew that this would be very timely when we recorded our interview with Teresa Douglas about how to work remotely and love it. As she tells us, “The world is now your office! You can work from home, from a coffee shop, or even from the gym — but how do you keep on task and stay motivated when you’re on your own?" Let's learn.

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Topics: women in business, business change, remote workforce

186: Peter Boumgarden—How To Build Awesome Teams In Today's Changing Times

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

Hear innovative teambuilding strategies to get work done!

Peter and I know each other from our experiences working with a Michigan client and The Simon Initiative for Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. Peter is a Professor of Practice of Strategy and Organizations at WashU's Olin Business School, and also the Faculty Director for the Center for Experiential Learning at Olin, a university center that runs for-profit and non-profit student-led strategic consulting engagement, both globally and around the St. Louis region. We were excited to talk on our podcast about data analytics for workers. If we can use data to select the best athletes, what can we learn about workers with the right data? Enjoy.

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Topics: data analysis, business change

183:  Marcey Rader—How To Maximize Your Productivity Without Hurting Your Health

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 9, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to perform at your peak without making yourself sick!  

Marcey Rader changed her life and wants to help you do the same. During her 16 years in business, she always positioned herself as the go-to person to help staff become more efficient and productive. She ran 12 marathons, over 30 triathlons, and several endurance races. Always pushing, pushing, and pushing some more. And then she got sick, really sick. That’s when she learned that her life and her lifestyle were so closely connected that more of the same was not going to make it. So, she changed. Now she works with others, like you, to help you change your life as well. All of us deserve to be happy and enjoy our lives. Listen in and learn how!

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Topics: women in business, business change, women leaders

171: Michael Wigge—Nothing Is Impossible!

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

Learn how to overcome obstacles, tackle challenges and succeed!

You might wonder why we invited German comedian, travel writer, television producer and soft skill trainer Michael Wigge to speak to our listeners about setting a record for the longest donkey ride in music television history, dressed as Henry VIII. Or about the time he crossed Germany on a Mibo Mastr scooter, covering 2,500 kilometers (1553 miles) in 80 days. Or how he's travelled the world for free, several times, and written two books about it. This is one guy who knows how to overcome challenges, find creative solutions, and persevere. And we can learn to do it too!

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Topics: business change, business leadership

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

145: Ask Andi—How To Successfully Achieve Change Management Step 1

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 5, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Learn actionable, lasting ways to manage change in turbulent times!

At SAMC, we routinely receive requests to lead workshops or provide consulting support for companies that have been struggling with changing their organization, especially in these rapidly-changing times. Is managing change something you're struggling with too? To help you initiate a change process that will stick and that your employees will actually buy into, we've put together three Ask Andi podcasts that take you through the key concepts of this unique approach to business challenges. Here's the first one. Enjoy, learn and share!

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Topics: Change Management, Managing change, business change management, business change

144: Ask Andi—How To Find Your Blue Ocean Strategy® Step 2

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 29, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Now that you know the basics, it's time to go visually exploring!

Last week, I shared with you my Ask Andi session, "How To Find Your Blue Ocean Strategy® Step 1," in which I explained how Blue Ocean Strategy shows you how to go after nonusers, carve out a new, unoccupied market space and make the competition irrelevant. "OK," you may be saying, "what do I do next? I've done my strategic canvas but where do I go from there?" Now that you've started to see, feel and think in new ways about your business (visual awakening), you're ready to go visually exploring, which is a very exciting part of the Blue Ocean methodology. Here we go!

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, business change, business innovation

143: Ask Andi—How To Find Your Blue Ocean Strategy® Step 1

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 22, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Ready to find your Blue Ocean Strategy and soar? Listen in! 

Tired of competing against all those "others" that you've been benchmarking yourself against for years, without much benefit? Are you ready to carve out a new market space and make the competition irrelevant? It might be time for you to find your Blue Ocean Strategy, the amazingly successful methodology that helps you see, feel and think in new ways about your business in these rapidly-changing times. In this "Ask Andi" podcast, I'll take you through the initial steps of a Blue Ocean Strategy so you can learn how to apply it to your own business. Listen in and learn!

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, business change, business innovation

133: Allen Adamson—How Relevant Are You?

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Allen Adamson explains how to successfully stay ahead of change!

As I finish many of my Vistage CEO workshops, I marvel at how these CEOs run their businesses while also trying to push them forward, find new markets and stay relevant. Often, their clients are moving fast and furiously, leaving vendors or support teams far behind. The times they are a-changin,' as Bob Dylan sang to us a long time ago. And, they are continuing to change. The skills to adapt are often missing among the leadership of companies, men and women who know how to run their operations today but not how to adapt them for tomorrow. This conundrum is why I was so excited to have branding expert Allen Adamson as my guest for this podcast. Enjoy!

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Topics: business change, driving change

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

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