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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

207: Kim Bohr—Assessing Your Company’s Organization To Sustain Growth In Changing Times

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

Hear how to realign your organization's culture for amazing growth! 

We were delighted recently to have another great interview about leadership and organizational development, this time with Kim Bohr. She was terrific. An author, excellent keynote speaker, executive advisor and CEO of The Innovare Group, Kim talked with us about how she works with companies and their leaders to assess, align and accelerate their strategic priorities. Notably, she helps them see that each of their decisions has a profound impact on their talent, company culture, and ultimately, their business’s growth. Want to grow? Listen in as Kim teaches us how!

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Topics: business growth strategies, women in business, business change, women entrepreneurs, business leadership

202: Andrea Simon—Now Is No Time To Be Afraid Of This Blurry Future

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 26, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to reinvent your reality and embrace change

As we work with our clients during this pandemic, we're noticing a recurring theme. They've figured out how to deal with living at home, working at home and being at home. But now they're beginning to be anxious about what's coming next. It's strange, isn't it, that without a clear vision of the future, it's very hard to live today. In this podcast, I talk about these feelings that so many of us are having, and how this crisis is an excellent time for you to innovate, reinvent your reality, and start doing the things you've been trying to do for a long time. Please listen, learn and share.

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Topics: business change, change, culture change expert

200: Sharon Cully—Great Ideas to Help Entrepreneurs Gain Time and Success

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 18, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to embrace change so your business can grow

This podcast was a lot of fun. We love to listen to others who try to help organizations operate better and simplify their processes. Sharon Cully came to us from New Zealand where she is the owner and founder of Simply Processes, an organization which helps entrepreneurs find the time they need to grow their business, make more money and create more freedom. With 15+ years of experience working with leading global brands like Coca-Cola, Diageo and GlaxoSmithKline, Sharon has successfully helped companies around the world increase performance and minimize costs, all while meeting customer objectives.

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Topics: women in business, business change, women entrepreneurs

196: Andy and Andi Simon—Innovation Games® Are What You Need To Imagine Your Future

Posted by Andi and Andy Simon on May 4, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to use this time of crisis to re-think, re-create and soar 

During the economic disruption tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are indeed living in chaotic times. But chaos is also an opportunity to work in new ways, re-creating our companies and ourselves for the future. Tomorrow is going to be very different from yesterday. The challenge for us all, however, is that we are uncomfortable with uncertainty. So stop, pause and give yourself a moment to re-group. Rather than flee the fear, turn this into a time to use new tools to think about how you could do things better, not how you've always done them. Please join us!

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Topics: Innovation Games, business change, future trends

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

111: Irina Baranov—Creating Your "Life By Design"

Posted by Andrea Simon on Dec 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM

  Listen now as Irina Baranov teaches us how to change our lives for the better!  

What if you could create your “Life by Design” (not by default). In this podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Irina Baranov about just that idea. In fact, how to actually do it! You might be asking, "Really? Can I pause, step back and think about what I want my life to be, not just wander along, letting the path I am on take me on its way?" Why is it important to design our lives, and who typically does this? Listen in to learn a fresh approach to you and your life.

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Topics: Igniting Change, business change, women entrepreneurs

089: Ask Andi—Change Management Step 3

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 27, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now to my podcast about how to bring real, lasting change to your organization 

Welcome to Part 3 of the work we've been doing on change management, change mapping and creating change management strategies. Now, you're ready to learn the steps to take to actually bring about real change in your organization. Your task is to make the undesirable desirable, and to do this, two things have to be in place: motivation and ability. Yes, change is hard, and yes, your people will most likely fight it, but once you get going, you'll find the process extremely exciting. The future of your business may be at stake, so I urge you not to miss this Ask Andi!

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

087: Ask Andi—Change Management Step 2

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 20, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now to my podcast about overcoming the pain of change!  

I hope you joined me for my last podcast, the first in our series of three Ask Andi's on change management. In that one, I set the stage for identifying your archetype and why it is so important to know who the people in your organization are, and who your organization itself is, so that you can better understand what you're going to be changing your organization to and why this is going to be so challenging. Today, I want to talk about change and changing your culture, and what these mean. If your business wants or needs to change, this is the podcast for you. Enjoy!

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

085: Ask Andi—Change Management Step 1

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 13, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now to my podcast about how to manage change in turbulent times!  

At SAMC, we've recently had a growing number of requests to do workshops or provide consulting support for companies that have been struggling with changing their organization. We thought that managing change is probably something you want to know more about as well. So to help you in your process, 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!

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

084: Jared Tate—The Genius Behind DigiByte Blockchain

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jun 25, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Jared Tate fills us in on DigiByte, the blockchain juggernaut!

Are you ready for your world to be disrupted? Hang on tight because it's going to be. Blockchain is quickly infiltrating every kind of human interaction, from banking to real estate to healthcare to just about anything you can think of. My guest today is Jared Tate, founder and creator of DigiByte, the world's longest, fastest and most secure UTXO blockchain. Jared has been called a long-term visionary and technological genius, and after spending just 45 minutes with him, I agree. Blockchain is the future that we all need to know about, and this is a great place to start.

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Topics: business change, digital transformation, business innovation, blockchain, technological innovation

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