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39 minutes | a day ago
Bosun Tijani is a Nigerian British entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Co-Creation HUB, a pan-African hub for innovation. He drives the application of innovation and social capital for a better society across Africa. With a presence in 5 cities across Africa (Lagos, Nairobi, Abuja, Kigali and Ijebu Ode). CcHUB works closely with stakeholders - including entrepreneurs, technologists, civil society, government and private sector to identify and nurture novel solutions to pressing challenges in Africa. Bosun is a well awarded and celebrated leader and initiator of many groundbreaking innovations and tech clusters. In this podcast:Design and intentionCo Creation HUBOpportunities and challenges in AfricaSolving problems with science and technology The future is brightLong term business solutionsExperience, wisdom and empathy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | 15 days ago
Marie Ringler is a member of Ashoka's Global Leadership Group and leads Ashoka's work in Europe. She founded Ashoka's Austrian office in 2011 and soon took over as Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker; a world where all citizens are powerful and contribute to change in positive ways. Ashoka supports over 4,000 leading social entrepreneurs from all over the world, mobilising a large global community of changemakers, to solve some of the world’s toughest social problems. Marie's work is featured extensively in international media, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation. In this podcast:Redesigning the futureUsing rats to clear landminesBuilding resilient societies through social innovationThe power of businessesThe positives from COVIDTrust is the best way to leadWhat makes a social entrepreneurLinks:http://marieringler.at/Giant rats put noses to work on Mozambique's landmines See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | a month ago
Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, studying human interactions that lead to the creation of successful companies for the betterment of society. She's been recognized by the Thinker's 50 Global ranking of management thinkers since 2011 and has received numerous top rankings and awards. She studies psychological safety and organizational learning.In this podcast:The ugly and beauty in transformational changeWhy don’t all companies create psychological safetyHer passion to create a better workplaceBuckminster FullerThe importance of system thinkingThe power of ‘I don’t know’Links:The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and GrowthBuilding the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovationhttps://fearlessorganization.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | a month ago
Katarina Graffman holds a PhD in cultural anthropology, and is a pioneer of consumer anthropology in a commercial context. She’s worked with clients such as IKEA, Volvo, Bloomberg, Swedish radio and BBC among many others. She’s there to help them understand consumer behaviour, preferences, and such like. But what is the real driver behind their eagerness to understand more about culture?In this podcast:How big business uses cultural anthropologyConsumer behaviour misconceptionsHow Katarina worksUnderstanding Gen ZDefault thinking and sense makingLinks:www.inculture.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Virginia Salas Kastilio
Virginia Salas Kastilio is a hyper connector and serial entrepreneur who was named one of Inc. Magazine's top 26 Women to Change the World. She's an internationally acclaimed speaker, marketer and activist and having built multiple empires, she is currently helping "reconnect" humanity and bring consciousness into the mainstream through The I Trust You Movement (after previously disputing the social media landscape through her agency, Gini.TV). In this podcast:Self mastery and I Trust You The importance of human connectionLaw of attractionBeing a responsible influencerHuman connection in Silicon ValleyUnderstanding Gen ZLinks:humantrustlogistics.com (Company Website)itrustuniversity.com (Portfolio) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Chief Oren Lyons is a Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee Peoples. He’s a member Chief of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs and the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy. He's Professor Emeritus at University of Buffalo, New York and he has a doctorate law degree from Syracuse University. Oren is an accomplished artist, environmentalist, author, and founder and principal partner of One Bowl Productions, a purpose-driven film and television production company in LA. He's chairman of the board for Plantagon, and a world leader in Greenhouse Innovation. Oren is a leading voice at the United Nations permanent forum on human rights of indigenous peoples. And he's received numerous prestigious awards, such as the United Nations NGO World Peace Prize, and recently the prestigious Friends of the Children award with his colleague, the late Nelson Mandela. In this podcast:What is wisdomThe difference between listening and hearingWhy we need to slow our meetings downInternational Green CrossGreed is our existential problemOren’s advice to leadersCapitalism is not democracyThe importance of giving thanksIt ain’t over ‘til it’s over See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
“In the wake of this pandemic, it's this impossible stretch between on the one hand restoring normalcy and making sure that the operations continue, and at the same time thinking ahead, looking forward and really adjusting to the new reality that we're going to experience in the wake of this crisis.”And what will this new reality look like for you? A more beautiful business that allows more human-centred growth strategies? Then Tim Leberecht, the German-American championing a more humanised future in the age of machines is the passionate voice you should listen to. “We're moving from the binary world in a binary way of running business to a non binary way of running business that is fluid, that is ambiguous, that is fuzzy.”Tim is an author and entrepreneur and the co-founder and co-CEO of The Business Romantic Society, a firm that helps organisations and individuals create transformative visions, stories and experiences. He's also the co-founder and co-curator of the House of Beautiful Business, a global think tank and a community for leaders and changemakers with a mission to humanise business in the age of machines. In this podcast:The cracks in Silicon ValleyHumanisation of businessThe Book of Beautiful BusinessTim’s definition of a leaderThe potential of not knowing the answers Why companies need to be ambidextrousLinks:Ted talk - 3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your BrandTed talk - 4 Ways to Build a Human Company in the Age of MachinesBook - The Business Romantic Book - The Book of Beautiful Businesswww.houseofbeautifulbusiness.comwww.thegreatwave.house Oct 16-19th 2020 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Laurent “Larry” Leksell
Laurent “Larry” Leksell is the co-founder of Elekta, a global company that is pushing the boundaries of radiation therapy to provide access for advanced, high-quality cancer care. While studying at the Stockholm School of Economics, Larry jumped into entrepreneurship with his father who had a passion in cancer research. Larry now sits as a chairman and principal shareholder of Elekta while he fulfills his passions of philanthropy, entrepreneurship and art.In this podcast:Founding Elekta with his fatherHis life dedication to solutions for cancer His passions for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and artCancer care innovation and resourcesEntrepreneurship expectationsLong-term business solutions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
66 minutes | 5 months ago
Markus Lehto is a Utopian, an expert generalist. He’s also the co-founder of Joint Idea and Lifeworks Labs and the co-founder of the global community - Love Mafia. Born in Canada with Finnish traditions and culture, life took him on a path across the world as a professional in consulting, investment banking and real estate development. He's based in Istanbul and is pursuing entrepreneurial ventures in design and architecture, investment, community building, learning and tech development. In this podcast:Why we need to rethink our Anglo Saxon worldviewCreating Lifeworks LabsWhy seeking his own truth is his passionBecoming an expert generalistRedefining what the good life meansWhat decentralisation meansWhy we need to break in order to growCultivating serendipityWhy the world needs loveLinks:Joint Idea See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
“Business leaders should be ready to be challenged by young people. I feel we have ended up in this patriarchal system with CEOs and leaders who do not want to be confronted by the young generations.”Meet Zakaria Bekkali, a 22 year old with a wise head on young shoulders. Zak is a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he’s been awarded a postgraduate excellence scholarship for a Master of Public Administration with a specialisation in social impact. He also holds a Bachelor in International Politics and Government from Bocconi University in Milan, as well as having studied at Princeton University during his undergraduate senior year. In this podcast:Transformational momentsWhy insecurity was a driver for himThe synergy between business and communityEquality of opportunityGive opportunities to young peopleWhy feminine isn’t another word for weaknessRadical vulnerability for collective healingLinks:Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economics See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Maria Konnikova is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist and psychologist who in 2018 while researching her newest book, The Biggest Bluff, became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings, inadvertently turning herself into a professional poker player. In this podcast:The role that luck plays in our livesWhat Maria has learned about life from playing pokerWhy we shouldn’t take life for grantedWhere she gets her inspiration to write fromHow COVID-19 is revealing our true coloursThe power of language and communication in businessHow chance affected her lifeThe value of human connectionsLinks:The Biggest Bluff See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Ma Steinsvik is passionate about emerging technologies and believes in the power of digital transformation and AI in order to scale business transformation towards a circular economy. Because an augmented circular future will lead to a better world. Ma is a European business leader, futurist and investor, and the CEO of Bulls Holding, an international agency for film, literary and art-based brands, influencers and editorial content, and Chair of the Board of R&B Licensing, a global 360 agency for literary and design based properties. She is an acknowledged international keynote speaker on technical leaps and their impact around the world. Ma discusses the foundations of business, of being a part of something big and giving back. And how even now, while the whole world is going through one of the toughest times in living memory, we still see people who, when they have their own lives secured, do what they can to contribute and give back to society. “When I invest in companies I'm often so struck by the generosity I receive back in the form of knowledge and network and tips and so on, because people, entrepreneurs and leaders, people of all kinds really want to give back. And if you look at it from a psychological point of view, that's when we're really happy.”In this podcast:We are hardwired to want to give The changing basis for innovationThe power of the internetWhy a crisis shows gaps in our knowledgeWhy imbalance leads to creativityHow to find wisdomDigital transformationThe formula for business - value driven, data driven and customer centric See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | 8 months ago
What is design and who is it for? This loaded question is asked of Ayse Birsel, named by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business. Ayse is a beautiful blend of East meets West, born and raised in Turkey but who now calls New York home. “The combination of East and West, being Turkish living in the States, really allows me to see two sides of everything, which is a great quality, actually a superpower for designers, especially when those qualities are often in opposition to each other.”And there is no better person to pose this question to: Ayse is a designer and innovator who has designed hundreds of award winning products and systems for Fortune 500 brands. She's known for bringing new solutions to old problems and for her humanistic design approach. She's also the author of Design The Life You Love, and gives lectures on Design The Work You Love to corporations. She's also the co-founder of Birsel Plus Seck, the award winning design and innovation studio and consults for a large number of big brand businesses. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). If anyone knows design, it’s Ayse (pronounced Eye-Shay). And she’s keen to show people that rather than letting the current pandemic get the better of us, we should use it as inspiration to redesign our lives. “Constraints are necessary for great opportunities. If this is the biggest constraint that we've ever had, this should be our biggest opportunity as well.”In this podcast:What is design and who is it forWhy Covid-19 is the perfect excuse to redesign your lifeTurning constraints into opportunitiesHow the 2008 financial crisis created her now life The butterfly effectRe-humanising our workselvesLinks:Design the life you love - Ayse Birselhttps://thinkers50.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
We’ve all suffered from ‘Not Enough Syndrome’ at some point in our lives. “In our relentless pursuit for external validation, we've lost sight with the fact that validation actually comes from within always, and I think that actually applies to business and products.”Tara Schuster was told early on to pick a lane and stick with it. She couldn’t be or do more than one thing, but luckily for the rest of us she rejected this notion and has since become an author, playwright, and accomplished entertainment executive, currently serving as Vice President of Talent and Development at Comedy Central. In her first book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies, which lies at the intersection of self-help humour and memoir, she shares hard-won lessons in learning to love and care for yourself.“I think we are very good at being mean to ourselves and treating ourselves with such little care. I mean shocking because we'll treat a guest 10X better than we'll treat ourselves.”This episode is as brutally honest as her book and a refreshing listen for anyone who is struggling with self-doubt. In this podcast:Her standard day structureHow to become more self awareThe difference between a truth and a beliefWe need to unlearn crueltyNot every experience has to be exceptionalAnyone can be a leaderLinks:Tara’s Book - Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: and Other Rituals to Fix Your Life from Someone Who has Been ThereJulia Cameron’s - The Artist’s Way See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | 9 months ago
With everything going on globally, taking your physical mailbox online is probably one of the smartest decisions you could make. Not just to protect yourself, but to protect the environment too. It’s such a smart move that today over 3.7 million Swedish people, almost half of the grown up population in Sweden, have Kivra. That’s roughly 25,000 companies and organisations that rely on Kivra, the digital mail company, for important letters, invoices, doctor’s appointments, salary specifications and so on. Anna Bäck is an entrepreneur and innovation leader who’s been leading a number of startups in China and Sweden, and most recently driving innovation and disruption as a design leader within McKinsey.This is an incredibly interesting conversation, learning about Anna’s influences and transformational points in her life that have led her to where she is today - to a business model that goes hand in hand with doing good and driving a more sustainable future.This is an inspirational podcast with an inspirational leader. In this podcast:Where the idea for Kivra came fromThe importance of creating a sustainable business modelHer passion for making a difference in a positive wayHow she deals with fear and anxietyWhy she values having a global world viewThe need for cross border collaborationLinks:www.kivra.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | 9 months ago
Jen Grace Baron
You might think it an impossible task to find inspiration in these troubled times. But according to Jen Grace Baron, co-founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at InspireCorps, an inspiration strategy firm that partners with organisations to drive business growth and also innovation, it’s precisely during times like these when we are most likely to find inspiration. “Some of what people find most inspiring in their whole lives, are some of the hardest times that they had been through or had survived.”Inspiration is a complex entity, something that is hard to define in itself without using the word ‘inspiration’. It’s not a smiley thing that works just in the good times, it’s not something that we do only when it’s convenient, inspiration is a critical foundation for healthy humans. Inspiration is especially critical during times of crisis, such as the one we are enduring right now. “We found that during times of crisis, the ways that we act in the world change, right, all of how we're thinking and seeing the world changes. And in that unfreezing, there is an opportunity to shape new mindsets, to create new, powerful connections, to reinvent how we do business.”So if you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, don’t despair, let this inspirational woman inspire you to bring about new change. In this podcast:Why inspiration is a muscle that needs to be workedHow to get inspiredHow InspireCorps is working through Covid-19The difference between offering a service and being willing to serveWhy it’s a birthright for people to be inspired in their workPost traumatic growthLinks:Dare to Inspirehttps://inspirecorps.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | 10 months ago
WD-40 Company has one of the highest employee engagement rates in the world (93%). And no wonder, at its helm is Garry Ridge, Chairman of the Board and CEO. Garry has been with the company for almost 33 years, having worked his way up through the managerial ranks to the top position, he knows what great company culture looks like, so much so, he not only practices what he preaches, he teaches it to the next generation of leaders too. Having realised that micromanagement as a leadership technique isn't scalable, if Garry wanted to take the blue and yellow can with the little red top to the world, he knew he’d have to set his employees free, to give them freedom to do their best work. So when he became CEO, he went back to school and worked hard to create an extraordinary workplace culture in WD-40 Company. “In 394 BC, Aristotle said, ‘pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work’. And I really believe that that's something that we need to do, to build an economic environment for our companies that firstly serves the people in the organisation. And if we take care of them, they will take care of our customers. So that's where the journey began.”In this podcast:Why being a servant leader pays dividendsBusiness has the opportunity to change the worldOur values grant us freedom to make autonomous decisions yet still act as one Why honesty and integrity aren’t valuesWhy technology is forcing us to behave unnaturallyThe attributes of a bad CEOWhy we need more love in the worldLinks:https://www.wd40company.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | a year ago
When Roberto Verganti first appeared on Corporate Unplugged, his episode quickly became one of the most listened to interviews on the show. Two years on, Roberto, Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, currently founder and Director of The Garden-Center for Design and Leadership at Stockholm School of Economics, joins Vesna for another illuminating conversation, this time about meaning, purpose, innovation and real leadership. Why a reappearance? Because the subjects Roberto has been researching and writing about for the last couple of decades are more interesting and relevant today than ever before, and his ideas, insights and work need to be shared with an even wider audience. If companies and leaders want to make an impact, they need to provide meaning to their customers through their products and services. Companies should be thinking: ‘If they don't need what we do, it's our problem. It's not their problem.’ And the best leaders are the ones who have learned to say: ‘I don’t know, but I'm curious to know, and now we discover together’.If you missed Roberto’s first episode where he talks about why less is more, how to navigate in a world full of opportunities and why we need to understand social sustainability, do listen to it (link below). In this podcast:Why it’s human nature to find meaningThe importance of having a purposeHow to innovate your productThe power for leaders of saying ‘I don’t know’Why fear prevents learning and kills curiosityThe KPIs through which you measure purpose and meaningLinks:https://corporateunplugged.com/roberto-verganti/Overcrowded – Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas by Roberto VergantiThe Fearless Organization by Amy Edmondson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | a year ago
What makes a really listenable podcast? Is it a great production value? A plethora of interesting guests? A personable host? Whatever it is, Kristoffer Triumf, host of popular Swedish podcast Värvet, has figured the podcast magic out. Kristoffer is a popular podcaster and host of Värvet, Sweden's favourite podcast. What makes the podcast so incredibly relatable is that he has very deep dialogues with a very diverse crowd of people - from filmmakers to artists to business leaders, Kristoffer has interviewed over 400 people so far, and counting. He originally set out to chat particularly with comedians, but has since broadened his horizons to a much wider audience, and he’s been richly rewarded for his diversification in guests - Värvet has had around 90 million downloads to date. Besides having a voice that you can’t help but be drawn to, he has also developed the art of really listening to what his guests are saying. He leaves time for them to truly reflect on his question before answering, meaning they can express what they want to express and he doesn’t interrupt them, nor does he cut them off short. In a sense, Kristoffer affords guests a sense of psychological safety, which is apparent in his dialogue with each and every person. Kristoffer also has a genuine interest in people - a trait that is very unusual nowadays, but something that needs to be encouraged in more people. Because with a genuine interest comes the ability to really connect with someone, and in turn allowing them space to express who they are, meaning we can learn a lot more from them. “I think it's always important to understand someone, to learn from people, to understand where they come from, you know, why do they do what they do?” In this podcast:The dream that led Kristoffer to becoming a podcast hostWhat life means to KristofferWhy we all have a duty to share our talentsHow he chooses his guests on his podcastWhy he thinks we need to listen moreWhat companies need to focus onHow not having a vision impacts all of usWhat the world needs most right now See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | a year ago
Do you often find yourself wishing you were more persuasive? Would you love to know the secret to making great decisions? Do you want to do more good and work for a business that does good in the world? Then you want to listen to Zoë Chance, the persuasion expert. Zoë studies and teaches behavioral science to help great people become more influential. At Yale School of Management, she works with executives and has developed a popular MBA elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion, aka "Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person." Her course ‘How To Make Behaviour Addictive’ is also heavily in demand.“The key insight that I’ve learned… is that the primary drivers of all of our decisions and all of our behaviours are unconscious.... we can't just reflect on those. We only perceive the conscious, rational processes of decision making. It's our gut first reactions that are actually very hard to change. And then, consciously, we look for reasons to be able to do those things that we already want to do.”What the world needs most right now, according to Zoë, is to be able to create a more democratic marketplace of ideas. "The way information is shared these days is so consolidated and hierarchical, we miss out on most of the knowledge that exists."In this podcast:Why some companies and brands are really good at connecting emotionally to peopleMastering influence and persuasionHow to connect authentically with another personZoë’s new book - the general topic of the book is influence for nice peopleWhy Zoë’s mission is to help smart, well intentioned people become more influentialHow we can transform more companies to be ‘humanity plus’ enginesWhy she believes education needs innovationClimate change should be the priority for every company right nowLinks:www.zoechance.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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