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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

080: Ask Andi—Blue Ocean Strategy® Step 2

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jun 1, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now to my podcast about how to go visually exploring! 

Recently, I did an Ask Andi session on Blue Ocean Strategy Part 1, and I've gotten wonderful feedback on it. People want to know, what do they do next? They've done their strategic canvas but where do they go from there? Once you have a visual awakening, you're ready to go visually exploring, which is a very exciting part of the Blue Ocean Strategy methodology. Here's how.

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, business change, business innovation

078: TaRita Johnson—What is Your Emotional Intelligence?

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 21, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as TaRita Johnson shows us how to build better relationships!

Ever wonder why some relationships at work, home, among friends or family, just don’t work out the way you thought? Maybe you need a dose of Emotional Intelligence (EI). What’s that, you ask? Take a listen to TaRita Johnson and learn how EI helps you build stronger relationships with better results by pausing, reflecting and changing the way you interact with others. Don't miss it!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, business change, emotional intelligence

076: Barbara Walters—Your Employees Did What?

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 7, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now as Barbara Walters explains how to create a culture of respect and inclusion

In our interview with Barbara Walters, President of The HR Advantagewe dig deep into the changes CEOs are facing as organizations must rapidly adapt to today's new business environment. As Barbara tells us, she started out in the male-dominated corporate America of the 1990s. Thankfully, times have changed since then. Or have they? As a highly-experienced HR executive and senior recruitment professional, Barbara has quite a story to tell. Don't miss it!

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Topics: Change Management, business strategy, business change, business innovation, business leadership

075: Ask Andi—Blue Ocean Strategy® Step 1

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 4, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now to my podcast about how to find your Blue Ocean Strategy! 

Today, I want to talk about Blue Ocean Strategy, the methodology and book created by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim. This year they launched a new book called “Blue Ocean Shift,” an excellent 2nd version of the Blue Ocean Strategy approach to help you see, feel and think in new ways about your business in these rapidly-changing times. And so it seems very timely for me to go through the steps of a Blue Ocean Strategy with you so you can learn how to apply it to your own business, whether it's doing well or not so well and you’re wondering what's coming next.

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Topics: Blue Ocean Strategy, business change, business innovation

073: Holly Green—Tapping Into Your Brain to Build Better Relationships

Posted by Andrea Simon on Apr 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now to Holly Green teach us how to use our brains to win!

Are you playing to win or merely playing not to lose? Don't miss my fascinating conversation with Holly Green, CEO of The Human Factor, which helps business leaders and their companies succeed by clarifying what winning looks like and then determining how to get there. Using the latest brain science techniques, Holly teaches organizations how to think differently and be truly innovative so they can win every day. Tune in, listen and learn!

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Topics: Change Management, business change, business innovation

071: Michelle Turman—Achieving Your Great Success, Now

Posted by Andrea Simon on Apr 9, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now to Michele Turman teach you how to achieve
the success you deserve!

As you know, On the Brink podcast is all about helping you "see, feel and think" in new ways so you can really soar! In this episode, I interview Michelle Turman, bestselling author and Principle of Catalyst Consulting Services, whose mission is to facilitate positive change in businesses and non-profits. It is so hard to drive change. But that is what we must do to adapt to these fast-changing times. In this podcast, we delve into why it's so difficult for individuals and companies to really achieve the success they deserve and could accomplish. Want answers? Listen in!

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Topics: Change Management, business change, emotional intelligence, business innovation

069: Michael Menerey—Reconstructing Healthcare So Employers Can Win Not Lose

Posted by Andrea Simon on Apr 2, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen to Michael Menerey teach us how to lower healthcare costs by challenging the status quo! 

If you are the founder of a business, an entrepreneur growing your business or a CEO trying to stay in business, you probably are watching your healthcare costs and employee benefits soaring out of sight. What to do? The first step is to listen what to Michael Menerey, Senior Vice President and Benefits Consultant with Alliant Employee Benefits, has to tell us in this podcast. You'll learn a lot about what can be done to manage employee benefit costs. Don't miss this one!

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Topics: Healthcare, healthcare change, business change

068: Stephen Gill and David Grebow—Managing For Success in the Knowledge Economy

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now to Stephen Gill and David Grebow talk about how we need to rethink the world of work

Do you work? I bet you do. Listen in on my conversation with Stephen Gill and David Grebow about the changes taking place all around you in how you work. We have moved from building things with our hands to thinking things and creating them with our minds. Today's "knowledge worker" in a tech startup is very different from the line worker in a plant, yet so many of our businesses have paid little attention to the changes happening every second. Don't miss this!

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Topics: Change Management, business change, business innovation

054: Jamie Candee—Leading Business And You To Success

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jan 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now to Jamie Candee share her magic for building better businesses, and leaders, too!

Ever wonder how some business leaders can take a company forward, build its top and bottom line, and engage its employees and customers so everyone can do better, together? Meet Jamie Candee. I know Jamie from her time at Questar Assessment Instruments where she was a dynamite CEO, sustaining strong growth and building innovative customer and employee alignment. Now she is President and CEO of Edmentum, the leading provider of online learning solutions. Listen in as Jamie describes how she has intentionally built her teams to set them up for success, and how you can as well!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, resilience, business change

052: Ask Andi series—Why Companies Have Got To Change Or They Will Not Thrive

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jan 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Listen now to my podcast about how to embrace change, not fear it!  

I've been out in the field the last couple of weeks listening to a variety of business leaders, from established CEOs to emerging entrepreneurs, all of whom are worried about how to address the massive, disruptive changes coming at them. What they want to know is: in order to avoid being disrupted, should they themselves become disruptors? As a Blue Ocean Strategist®, I take them through a proven process for adapting to these fast-changing times, which I share with you here. 

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Topics: Igniting Change, Culture Change, business change

048: Scot Hunsaker—Turning Employees Into Owners of Your Company

Posted by Andrea Simon on Dec 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 Listen now to Scot Hunsaker teach us how to plan for tomorrow's succession today!

Scot and I had a wonderful time talking about how to turn your employees into owners. This is no small task and very important. You might not be aware of this statistic but 66% of companies will close their doors when their current leadership leaves. I find this number devastating. What will this do to our industries, communities and national economymuch less all those employees who count on their current business leaders? There's a lot to learn here. 

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Topics: Andrea Simon, Culture Change, business change, Succession Planning

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