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46 minutes | May 20, 2022
Kara Goldin on Her Book: Undaunted - Overcoming Doubts and Doubters
Listen to the story of Kara Goldin, in which she shares insights from her life journey from “accidental entrepreneur” to founder of Hint. An accomplished podcaster herself, this time Kara found herself at the other side of the mic as John Metselaar hosted her for The Conference Board’s Off The Shelf channel. Listen in as they cover lessons from her life which she documented in her book. How she combined passion and purpose to develop a vision, turned into reality through commitment and perseverance. How, in the process she faced her doubts and fears, confronted them (rather than run away), and rose above them. And how her fundamental curiosity and keenness to learn had her break through every challenge. Facing a problem, you don't give up, you dig in emphasizing "Well, what CAN we do".
38 minutes | May 20, 2022
Evert Bleijenberg on his book: Swarm Organisation
Evert Bleijenberg joins John Metselaar from The Conference Board exploring a novel way to organize work in the future. Evert talks enthusiastically from his “Swarm Organization: Designing Work for a Resilient Future". Listen to this podcast as we cover three main aspects: the concept of swarms, how to generate the mindshift required and how to learn to use "structure" as a verb (agile, situational) rather than a (rigid) noun. Inspiration for a more human culture and organization of happier, more fulfilled employees doing better work producing stronger results.
22 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Tell Me More About That: Rob Volpe On His New Book
As anxiety about the crisis in the Ukraine and lingering burnout as a result of two years of the pandemic continue to increase, a lack of empathy is exacerbating tensions in the workplace. In this podcast, Rob Volpe discusses his new book, Tell Me More About That: Solving the Empathy Crisis One Conversation at a Time. His book demystifies empathy and presents five steps that anyone can use to get to empathy when they are interacting with others.
33 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Strategic Doing”: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership
Ed Morrison introduces how to do strategy in today’s world turned upside down, and how to connect it to innovation. He lays the foundation on why and how to design ecosystems supported by collaboration, conversations, and (double-loop) learning. He then goes to introduce his 2x2 questioning approach to lead forward and the 10 skills to apply throughout the journey of discovery. A real, and uniquely applicable gem in today’s complex, networked world!
30 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Think Like a Breadwinner
Register Here for The Conference Board’s Women Lead 2032 Festival on September 29-30,2022| Westin New York at Times Square | New York, NY: https://www.conference-board.org/events/women In this episode of Off the Shelf, Cindy Cisneros, Vice President, Education Programs, Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED), interviews Jennifer Barrett, Head of Content at Fidelity Investments on her latest book, Think Like a Breadwinner: A Wealth-Building Manifesto for Women Who Want to Earn More (and Worry Less). Nearly half of working women in the U.S. are their household’s main breadwinner. Yet most women still aren’t being brought up to think like breadwinners. In fact, women are discouraged by institutional bias and cultural conditioning–from building their own wealth, pursuing their full earning potential, and providing for themselves and others financially. In this podcast, financial expert Jennifer Barrett reframes what it means to be a breadwinner and will answer questions on how she got to where she is today.
25 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Dan Toma on his latest book, Innovation Accounting
In this episode of Off the Shelf, John Metselaar, ESF Center Director at The Conference Board, interviews Dan Toma, Founding Partner at Outcome, on his latest book, Innovation Accounting. Innovation accounting is a critical component of the corporate innovation process to manage its inherent uncertainty and risk. It complements the conventional financial accounting system. It needs to be an integrated system of measures encompassing strategy, management, and tactics. In other words, we can change what we measure so let’s measure what adds value!
26 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Dr. Rohini Anand on Her Book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In this podcast, Laura Sabattini, Principal Researcher at the Conference Board speaks with Dr. Rohini Anand, a strategic global business leader and trusted board member who has successfully transformed culture. Anand was the former SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo and is currently Principal and CEO of Rohini Anand, LLC. Her book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations, offers several successful principles for companies to advance D&I across different regions. In this podcast, Dr. Anand shares her inspiration for the book and examples that can help organizations get a nuanced understanding of local context, culture, and language.
32 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Stacey Harris on Her Book, Introduction to HR Technologies
Overwhelmed by the volume and variety of HR software, apps, and platforms? In this podcast, HR research analyst, Stacey Harris discusses her new book, Introduction to HR Technologies: Understand How to Use Technology to Improve Performance and Processes. Writing in jargon-free language for non-technologists, Stacey also believes that C-Suite executives will also benefit by understanding how investments in HR technologies can be used to save time, streamline processes, and drive business performance. This book covers all the core areas of HR from administration and service delivery through talent management and analytics, as well as AI, machine learning, and the Internet of Things. With case studies from multiple organizations including Fedex and Macy’s, this book is an innovative and practical handbook.
29 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Andrew Winston on his co-authored book: Net Positive
Why was there so little progress over last decades in sustainability and what is a pragmatic plan, each of us can engage with to tackle the global climate crisis and all the other challenges facing us, like loss of biodiversity, abuse of human rights or inequality and discrimination. Listen-in as our guest Andrew Winston gives us some key insights from the book he co-authered with Paul Polman, Net Positive. They reveal, for the first time, key lessons from Unilever and other pioneering companies around the world about how you can profit by fixing the world’s problems instead of creating them.
34 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
A Conversation With Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown About Their Book, Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways to Build a More Inclusive World
Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways to Build a More Inclusive World presents insights from conversations with over 200 diversity, equity, and inclusion experts who attended the inaugural Non-Obvious Beyond Diversity Summit in early 2021. The goal of the summit was to go beyond speaking about diversity to identify ways to take real action. The solutions from these discussions are compiled into one volume and organized into twelve important themes including: storytelling, technology, workplace, identity, retail, and more. The book offers an actionable blueprint for creating a more inclusive world.
37 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Gabor George Burt on his book, Slingshot
In this episode of Off the Shelf, our guest Gabor George Burt introduces in his Slingshot book. An integrated, three-pronged approach to make the Blue Ocean principles more actionable: 1) Stretch the definition of the business you’re in and want to extract value from, 2) take consumer satisfaction into “infatuation” implying its transient and needs to be constantly re-invigorated, and 3) look for “innovation shortcuts” by creatively combining existing elements into new solutions. Did you like what you heard in our podcast and want to learn more? You can get an e-copy of Gabor's only privately available, critically-acclaimed book 'SLINGSHOT' here: https://gaborgeorgeburt.com/get-the-book As a special treat to our podcast listeners, enter the coupon code 'SPECIAL' for a 30% discount. You can also contact Gabor directly at https://gaborgeorgeburt.com, using the 'Contact' tab
32 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Manoj Pradhan on his latest book, The Great Demographic Reversal
Global population ageing will soon reach a point where saving for retirement tips over into increased spending and demand for labor. This will result in much higher inflation and interest rates than many of us are expecting currently. Join us to hear Manoj Pradhan, Chief Economist at the independent macroeconomic research firm Talking Heads, on his latest book ‘The Great Demographic Reversal’, which he co-authored with Charles Goodhart.
19 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Dr. Andrew Temte on his new book, 'Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire'
In times of chaos and uncertainty, steadfast and confident leadership is critical to the success of any organization. Yet, in our world of social unrest, sharp divisions, pandemic and fear, people seek leaders who are also sensitive to ethnic and cultural differences, listen to their concerns, and demonstrate empathy. A seasoned executive and mentor with experienced insights on preparing future leaders, Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA, President and Global Head of Corporate Learning at Kaplan North America, firmly believes: “The most important attribute of strong leadership is balance.” In his new book, "Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire,” Dr. Temte shares candid insights and timely lessons about the balance needed to succeed as a leader. A thought leader on issues related to workforce reskilling and upskilling, Dr. Temte's 30+ year career includes teaching and executive leadership roles in both professional education and higher education institutions. In his interview with Rebecca Ray, Dr. Temte introduces the concept of organizational entropy and dives deeper into the tools used to combat it. Specifically, Dr. Temte discusses the benefits of adopting a "Lifelong Learning Mindset," a unique view into the tenets of continuous improvement, the basic tools to identify and minimize waste in your business, the relationship between organizational health and business success, and the importance of having a laser-focus on your customer. More information on "Balancing Act" can be found here.
33 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Eric Schwartzman on his new book, 'The Digital Pivot: Secrets of Online Marketing’
Craig Carroll, leader of The Conference Board's Communications Institute, sits down for an engaging talk with Eric Schwartzman about his new book, 'The Digital Pivot: Secrets of Online Marketing’. Drawing on his experience leading online marketing programs for clients such as Toyota, UCLA, Marine Corps, and dozens of small and midsize companies, Eric gives us key insights on how companies can effectively participate in the ever-growing digital economy. Eric shares practical advice and easy to follow strategies while covering a wide range of digital marketing topics such as SEO, social media, digital literacy as it relates to today’s top business decision-makers.
27 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Leo Flanagan on his book, 'Thriving in Thin Air'
Feeling anxious or stressed out? You’re not alone as over 40% of the US population has been officially diagnosed with anxiety or depression disorders--up from only 8% pre-COVID-19. To find out how to thrive amidst adversity, join Dr. Leo Flanagan as he discusses his new book: Thriving in Thin Air: Developing Resilience in Challenging Times. Based on neuroscience, Dr. Flanagan shares tangible suggestions for how we can rewire our brains to reduce anxiety and improve our emotional health--including recommendations for focus, pragmatic optimism, and empathy. For more information, you can read his blog here or an article he coauthored, COVID-19 Reset & Recovery: Developing Resilience to Move Through Uncertainty to New Beginnings. Dr. Flanagan is a Distinguished Principal Research Fellow here at The Conference Board and the founder and president of The Center For Resilience.
30 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Kim Shepherd on her book, 'Remote Work'
Questions about remote work post-COVID-19? Join us to hear Kim Shepherd discuss her new book, Remote Work: Redesign Processes, Practices And Strategies To Engage A Remote Workforce. There are no magic wands but Kim does have some tangible recommendations and great stories. If you plan to have remote employees, work with a mixed or hybrid system, or have teams spread across different locations, this book will be your guide for the new normal. In addition, Remote Work includes case studies on how other top organizations use remote work as part of their talent strategy, e.g., Cornerstone OnDemand, AMN Healthcare, Buffer, and the United States Marine Corps. And if you’re interested in The Conference Board’s latest data on remote work, check out The Reimagined Workplace a Year Later: Human Capital Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
33 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
John Hagel III on his new book 'The Journey Beyond Fear'
Join Rebecca Ray as she and business strategy expert John Hagel III break down his new book 'The Journey Beyond Fear'. In this conversation, John dives in on how to identify your fears, face your fears, move beyond your fears and how these lessons can apply to organizations and careers. The pair also touch on the importance of cultivating your personal passions and harnessing the potential of platforms.
32 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Curtis Odom on his book 'Things I Heard My Professor Say'
Join Dr. Curtis Odom, business leader and Executive Professor of Management in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, as he shares his 20 years of professional insights, lessons learned, and personal experiences about how to be a successful business leader. What makes the writing of this book so beautifully ironic is that you will be reading the career learnings of someone who barely made it out of high school and yet found his personal definition of success as a business owner and full-time faculty member at a top business school in Boston. This book started with a student who gave Dr. Odom the greatest gift of his career: a transcript of his academic lectures taught over a fall semester in a college classroom that encapsulated an entire career’s worth of experience. This engaged student distilled the insights from Dr. Curtis Odom lectures into simple, impactful statements that most influenced him as a student and now can be shared with the book’s readers.
29 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
John Pabon on his book: Sustainability for the Rest of Us
John Pabon founder of Fulcrum Strategic Advisors, talks with Uwe Schulte, Leader of the TCB Global Sustainability Centre about his book Sustainability for the Rest of Us. Why was there so little progress over last decades in sustainability and what is a pragmatic plan, each of us can engage with to tackle the global climate crisis and all the other challenges facing us, like loss of biodiversity, abuse of human rights or inequality and discrimination? Listen in as John gives you some insights into the book's 5 main points on how to tackle these hard questions.
35 minutes | May 25, 2021
Nathan Ainspan and Kristin Saboe on their new book Military Veteran Employment: A Guide for the Data-Driven Leader
How can civilian employers improve the way that they locate, hire, and retain military veterans and military spouses? Join Rebecca Ray as she discusses this and more with Nathan Ainspan, Senior Research Psychologist with the Military-Civilian Transition Office at the Department of Defense and Kristin Saboe, Global Senior Manager for Organizational Research and Employee Listening at Boeing. Their new book, Military Veteran Employment: A Guide for the Data-Driven Leader draws on principles and research from industrial/organizational psychology and best practices from human resources management. The discussion touches on the current state of veteran employment in the US and why it’s such an important issue, what separates their research from what’s been presented before, the benefits of veteran employment and the common misconceptions that civilians have about veteran employment. Order Military Veteran Employment: A Guide for the Data-Driven Leader here. Other related content from The Conference Board: Supporting Veteran-owned Businesses, Employees, and Communities – Are Corporations Doing Enough to Help? (Podcast, November 2020) Corporate Citizenship Watch: Supporting Military Caregivers During COVID-19 and Beyond (Webcast, July 2020)
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