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339: Mark Samuel—Are Your Teams Trying To Find The Winning Game?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 28, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear why it's so crucial for success to build effective teams

My guest today is a remarkable individual, Mark Samuel, who's now written seven business books. I interviewed Mark back in June of 2019 and thought he had such a powerful message about how to get people to change, even when they really don't want to, that I had him back. Today's podcast is about his most recent book, Reimagine Teams: The Missing Piece in Team Building to Achieve Breakthrough Results. Our discussion focuses on the vital role of accountability, which makes teams work or fail. With over 30 years' experience in the business world, Mark is a transformative leader, having helped hundreds of companies overcome stagnation, transform their businesses, and eliminate toxic work cultures to increase profits, morale and customer experience. Does your culture need an overhaul? Be sure to listen in!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, culture change expert

336: Maureen Berkner Boyt—Yes, Diversity And Inclusion Can Happen But Only If You Work At It

Posted by Andrea Simon on Nov 7, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Learn what you can do to bring about real change

Here we are in November already and I'm having such a good time re-sharing with you some of my favorite On The Brink podcasts. I'm bringing to you conversations I've had over the past five years with amazing women entrepreneurs, authors, change agents and overall trailblazers who have challenged me to think in new ways. And as a culture change expert, that's what I'm all about: helping you too see, feel and think in new ways. So today I bring you Maureen "Mo" Berkner Boyt, founder of her company The Moxie Exchange and author of Rock Your Moxie: Power Moves for Women Leading the Way. This podcast was a follow-up to one we did in January 2018, in which we dug into research Mo initiated with CEOs around the country to see how they were implementing changes (or not) to increase both the diversity of their workforce and the inclusion of that diverse workforce. Is diversity real or just a concept? Listen in, then share!

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Topics: Culture Change, business change, driving change, culture change expert, rethinking women

335: Sam Radocchia—Ready Or Not, Blockchain Is Not On The Way, It's Here

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 31, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Learn about the new technology that is disrupting everything

As this gorgeous fall rolls on, I continue to share with you some of my favorite On The Brink interviews from the last five years. What's the connecting theme? Amazing women who are forging ahead in spite of obstacles, outmoded gender roles and glass ceilings. Today I share with you my October 2019 interview with Samantha Radocchia (Sam Rad). An entrepreneur, speaker, author, futurist and emerging tech advocate, Sam combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and a technologist which is why I was so excited to have her join me on that podcast. Sam also did a podcast with me back in 2018 on blockchain, which was shared widely. In this session, we focus on her groundbreaking book,Bitcoin Pizza: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blockchain, as well as what has been happening with blockchain in the year since we spoke initially. Check out both!

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Topics: Culture Change, corporate anthropologist, women entrepreneurs, blockchain, technological innovation, rethinking women

333: Marcella Bremer—A Positive Culture Is The Key To An Organization's Success

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 17, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how you can be the change your organization needs 

Can you build better businesses by creating positive cultures in which people can work with joy instead of dread? Yes! That's the premise of Marcella Bremer's book, Developing a Positive Culture where People and Performance Thrive, which focuses on helping organizations achieve more effective, productive cultures. I interviewed Marcella for this podcast back in 2018 and what she said about how you can be a force for change in your organization even if you're not a CEO or boss or manager was so groundbreaking that I want to share our conversation with you again, in my salute to amazing women throughout the fall. Marcella also leads a Positive Culture Academy where you learn how to apply her principles. Every working person needs to hear this!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, business culture, culture change expert, rethinking women

332: Byron Reese—How Humans Learned to See the Future, and You Can Too!

Posted by Andrea Simon on Oct 10, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how telling each other stories helped us evolve

My audience knows how much I like to learn about early human evolution and how we continue to adapt to changing times. Thanks to my former PR guru, Sarah Wilson, I was introduced to Byron Reese, who is a futurist, an author and an entrepreneur. He tends to see things through that fresh lens I always talk about. Byron’s new book (his fourth) is called, Stories, Dice, and Rocks that Think: How Humans Learned to See the Futureand Shape It. This is a fascinating book that provides a new look at the history and destiny of humanity. Storytelling allows us to envision the future. Dice teach us about probability, which enables us to try to predict the future. And rocks that thinka reference to a computer’s CPUenable us to build the future. Listen in!

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Topics: Culture Change, anthropology, storytelling, social change

329: Lisen Stromberg—Can You Really Pause For Parenthood Without Killing Your Career?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 19, 2022 6:00:00 AM

 


Hear how to take control of your own career and thrive   

As I celebrate throughout the fall some of the amazing women I've interviewed for our On The Brink podcast, I've chosen certain conversations to share with you again. Today I'd like to revisit my interview with Lisen Stromberg from September 2017. Lisen is the author of Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career. Why I enjoyed this conversation so much is because Lisen makes a solid, myth-smashing case for taking a pause from your career to raise your children and then returning to the workforce without skipping a beat or sliding backward. Impossible? No, very possible. She did it and so can you. How? Take a listen.

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Topics: Andrea Simon, Culture Change, Corporate Culture, women in business, women entrepreneurs, rethinking women

328: Stephanie Breedlove—How Women Can Build Big Successful Businesses and Change the World

Posted by Andrea Simon on Sep 12, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to build and scale a wildly successful company

After conducting my 327th podcast for On The Brink, I paused and took a look back at all those interviews. What struck me was how many exceptional women I have had the privilege of speaking with, learning from, and championing. (Yes, I've interviewed amazing men too, but right now I want to focus on the women.) They boldly smashed myths and leapt over barriers meant to hold them back. It made me want to celebrate! I decided to revisit several of them for you to learn from as well, starting with Stephanie Breedlove, author of All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses and Change the World. Anyone starting a new business, trying to grow the one they've got, or seeking work that's fulfilling will find this podcast full of purpose and meaning. I urge you to take a listen. Stephanie is fantastic!

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Topics: Andrea Simon, Culture Change, Corporate Culture, women in business, women entrepreneurs, rethinking women

327: Liam Martin—The Workplace is Staying Remote. How Can You Lead it Forward?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 30, 2022 12:45:57 PM

Hear how to make your business better, remotely

It should be no surprise to you that as an anthropologist specializing in helping companies change, I loved my interview with Liam Martin. As we've all experienced, the pandemic has dramatically changed what we think of as “normal.” In particular, the meaning of work has changed and continues to, as each generation moves into the workforce with different values, beliefs and behaviors. Businesses, both small and large, are trying to recruit, retain and develop their talent pool, only to find that today's workers have very different ideas about what matters to them, reflecting fundamental societal questions about what “really matters” to each of us. Enjoy.

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Topics: Culture Change, business model innovation, remote workforce

324: Jann Mirchandani—To Build A Great Presence Online You Must Begin With Your Website

Posted by Andrea Simon on Aug 8, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to make your website your best marketing tool

We're going to do three things today for my audience as you're listening in or watching. First, Jann Mirchandani will tell you about her own journey as a marketing maven. Then we're going to talk about what Google has done to change the way we search for what we want to buy or answers to what we want to know. For solutions to what you need, you start by asking Google. Have a physical ailment? You ask Dr. Google. Second, do you know why that is so important for your business and its image, identity, brand, presence and what you communicate in the marketplace? And third, what do you need to do to build a brand identity? How can you create the story you want for your business? If you have a company or want to start one, this is for you!

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Topics: Culture Change, social marketing, women in business, women entrepreneurs, social media, marketing your business

321: Patrick Van Gorder—Ready For The Right Data-Driven Digital Marketing Strategy To Expand Your Business?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jul 18, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how to provide optimal customer journeys for your prospects

In this On the Brink podcast, I had an amazing conversation with Patrick Van Gorder, Executive Vice President and Partner of Level Agency. Conversations with strategic marketers is always exciting. The world we used to market in has changed. And marketing is supposed to encourage people not just to purchase but to engage with your products and services. The buyer, however, has changed their journey over the past 25 years. As we know from our own work as HubSpot Partners, the buyer’s first task when considering a solution to solve their problem is to Google it. If you don’t have a digital experience that comes up on the first pages of Google search, you're not a good answer for that person’s problem or question. What does that mean for your business? Patrick has many great answers to that question so listen in, learn and share!

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Anthropology, Blue Ocean Strategy

314: George Swisher—What Can AI Do To Help Your Company Change?

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 9, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear how your organization should embrace change to grow  

George Swisher is a former marketing entrepreneur and management consultant. He has a 15-year track record of improving company performance and shifting cultures to effective change management. He currently is co-founder and CEO of www.changeforce.ai, a software platform that helps leaders manage organizational change more precisely by analyzing the sentiment of company conversations in real time. A really interesting platform. Remember, I'm a corporate anthropologist who, like George, helps companies change, so I loved this interview. So will you.

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Topics: Culture Change, business change, business leadership

313: Melissa Copeland—Customers Want Great Experiences. How Can You Deliver Extraordinary Ones?

Posted by Andrea Simon on May 2, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Hear why a great customer experience means everything

I am always excited to share a great woman’s story with you, our audience. Melissa Copeland is a great woman to know. She had a wonderful career, as so many women have had, only to discover that flying all over the world was not great for her family, or even herself. She pivoted and launched Blue Orbit Consulting, which allowed her to refocus her attention on clients closer to home and on projects dear to her heart—like improving customer interactions for her customers. Our conversations roam all around the challenges she, and I, see among our clients as their customers are changing, service expectations have dramatically shifted (where fast means right now), and staffing has become an uphill climb, to say the least. What to do? Call Melissa, who brings her expertise in organizational transitions and interpersonal growth and development to the task at hand. Clients love her approach, and I think you will as well. Enjoy. 

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, women in business, business culture, culture change expert, rethinking women in business

269: Kip Wright—Isn’t It Time To Have The Data To Know That You Are Diversifying Your Workforce?

Posted by Andrea Simon on Jun 7, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to attract and retain the best staff for your business

In this podcast, I was so excited to speak with Kip Wright about the work he has been doing to help corporations and businesses find the right talent and retain them with great performance. Having been an executive in banking and healthcare organizations, I remember far too well the pain of attracting and retaining the right staff. If we went too far afield to find new talent, they often could not fit into the existing culture — even when we wanted to change that culture. If we found the "right" staff, we had to develop and retain them. It is not easy to run a business. Does this speak to you? Lots to learn here from Kit!

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Topics: Culture Change, change, business culture

Andie Kramer and Al Harris—Bringing Gender Equity To The Workforce

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 31, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Hear how the pandemic is affecting gender roles at work

What impact has the pandemic had on women in the workplace? Andie Kramer, who is featured in my new book,"Rethink: Smashing The Myths of Women in Business," and her husband Al Harris share their perspectives during this repeat of our podcast interview in 2020. All throughout March, Women's History Month, I've been re-posting podcasts I've done with the amazing women in my book, and I really wanted you to hear this one. Andie, Al and I talk about how people change, or resist change. Especially now in this upside down time, take a listen.

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Topics: Culture Change, women in business, business culture

Stephanie Breedlove: "All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World"

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 16, 2021 6:00:00 AM

 


Hear how you, yes you, can have a successful company

Throughout Women's History Month I'm re-publishing podcasts which highlight exceptional women I've interviewed who have boldly smashed myths and hurdled over barriers meant to hold them back. Stephanie Breedlove is one of those women. For over 20 years, she has been a powerful voice for women entrepreneurs, co-founding Breedlove & Associates which she sold for $55 million. Her family told her, "Women don't start companies." Aren't we glad she didn't listen. Redefining what women can and can't do in business and everywhere else is why Stephanie is in my new book, "Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business," which you can buy here.

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Topics: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, women in business, rethinking women in business

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

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

210: Lisa Broderick—How To Build Peaceful Communities With Our Peace Officers

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

Hear how attitudes toward police became transformed

Lisa Broderick recently told me how she had her “aha” moment. Sitting on a beach in Florida, she watched a police four-wheeler driving along the sand. On its side was a big sign: Peace Officer. She had long been disturbed by the amount of violence in our cities, in our society, and in fact, everywhere. Could the words “Peace Officer” change how we thought about the men and women in uniform who are here to help us stay peaceful? Was there a “low tech, high impact” way to create meaningful and lasting change? Yes, there was. Lisa created Police2Peace, a non-pofit that works with cities and police departments around the country to transform safety and security into a collaborative effort. Now more than ever, all of us need to hear her amazing story.

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Topics: Culture Change, emotional intelligence, women leaders

194: Andie Kramer and Al Harris—Will The Pandemic Hurt Women In The Work Force?

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

Learn how today's crisis affects women and gender roles

We have a serious concern about the impact of the pandemic on women in the workplace. So, we invited Andie Kramer and Al Harris back to share with us their perspectives. On April 1st, Andie had a new article published in Forbes entitled, "Why Stay-At-Home Orders Might Be Good For Gender Equality."  Or, if China is a leading indicator, it might be good for divorces. While we have been called futurists, this is not a time for us to offer anything that sounds like “certainty.” But we do know that these times are changing, fast, and we will have to as well. In this podcast, Andie, Al and I talk about how people change, or resist change. Especially now, please listen in.

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Topics: Culture Change, women in business, business culture

181: Valerio Pascotto and Amit Raikar—Yes Change Is Painful But It's Necessary!

Posted by Andrea Simon on Mar 2, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Learn how to see the future through a fresh lens !  

As you might know, we are setting up leadership academies and personal development programs for our SAMC clients in all types of industries. As corporate anthropologists, this is very much in line with our misson of helping organizations and the people working within them to change. In today's podcast, I speak with two notable leaders in the field of leadership development—Valerio Pascotto and Amit Raikar—who share with us their brain-based approach to building better leaders within change management. I know you will learn so much here. I did!

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Topics: Culture Change, business change management, business leadership

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