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The Creative Life Podcast : Creativity, Innovation and Inspiring Ideas | James Taylor

In 'The Creative Life' podcast, James Taylor reveals all of his creativity and innovation strategies and techniques so you can unlock your creativity and live 'The Creative Life'. As a leading creativity coach James teaches and interviews creative leaders on subjects including; how creativity works, the creative process, what is creativity, how to generate ideas, creativity exercises, creativity research, creative block, creative personality types, theories of creativity, creative thinking, educational creativity, divergent thinking, organizational creativity, creative cultures, and innovation. His work builds on other leading creativity experts including Julia Cameron, Sir Ken Robinson, Michael J Gelb, Eric Maisel, Scott Barry Kaufman, Twyla Tharp, Richard Florida, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Steven Pressfield, Tina Seelig, Josh Linkner and many others. James Taylor shows us how we can all learn to be more creative.
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Oct 8, 2019

In this episode we learn from Donald Rattner, On How To Design Your Home And Office To Increase Creativity.

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Architect Donald Rattner is the principal of an award-winning architectural consultancy dedicated to maximizing occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality and retail environments. An educator and author as well as a practitioner, his new book is called “My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation.”
In this episode, we cover:

4:20 – Creative places
5:55 – Stick building and modular structures
6:40 – Co-creativity and Lego
7:42 – Little boxes
9:14 – The creativity of curves and circles
10:53 – How to think out of the box
13:49 – Bloomberg building in London
15:28 – Environmental psychology
16:16 – Why most conference rooms aren’t creative
16:46 – Spatial superiority
17:43 – Proximity to power
19:19 – Sociopedal vs Sociofugal
20:06 – Proxemics
20:28 – Psychedelics
20:49 – CERN vs Downing Street
26:08 – Why the colour green increases creativity levels
27:17 – The role of nature in creativity
28:32 – Abstract vs Analytics
31:34 – Noise levels effect on creativity
33:01- 70dB
33:35 – Why you get some of your best ideas in coffee shops
34:49 – The creativity of Marcel Proust
35:45 – Music and creativity
40:51 – Roger S Ulrich 1984 study on hospital environments

Resources mentioned in this episode:

donaldrattner.com
amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1510736719
Tools: Scrivener, Spark Mail App
Book: The Myths Of Creativity by David Burkus
jamestaylor.me/david-burkus

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Sep 17, 2019

In this episode we learn from Justin Dauer, On How To Design A Creative Culture At Work.

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Justin is a multi-faceted, multi-pierced, multi-tattooed designer, author, and speaker. He wrote the celebrated book "Cultivating a Creative Culture" and is the Vice President of Human-Centered Design at bswift. With Josef Müller-Brockmann and user advocacy claiming equal parts of his creative heart, he’s immersed himself professionally in tangible and digital media over the past 20 years. Justin has crafted digital experiences for clients like Sony, Chase, IBM, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He also founded The Dead Pixel Society with some of the world’s best icon designers. His passion is for creative workspaces and cultures, and he focuses on increasing creative productivity as well as workplace retention.

In this episode, we cover:

1:56 – Developing a creative culture
3:18 – How to deal with creative burnout
6:09 – The grid system
6:54 – Dieter Rams
9:12 – The role of empathy in design
10:16 – Human centered design
13:11 – Agile design
15:03 – Active Learning vs Passive Learning
17:01 – Wintercamp
21:46 – Pause with intent
24:13 – Creative inspiration wednesdays
26:40 – Human factored design

Resources mentioned in this episode:

the-culturebook.com
pseudoroom.com
Book: stateofmindatwork.com
Tool: Field Notes
Album: Lowlands by Panic Girl

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Sep 10, 2019

In this episode we learn from William Ammerman, about the the Future Of Marketing And General Adversarial Networks.

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William Ammerman is Executive Vice President of Digital Media at Engaged Media Inc. and has previously held leadership positions with Tribune Media, Hearst Television, and Capitol Broadcasting. Over his career, he has managed digital advertising for hundreds of television stations and their websites, mobile apps, and connected platforms. His latest book is called The Invisible Brand: Marketing in the Age Of Automation, Big Data, and Machine Learning. It delves into the future of marketing in the age of AI.

In this episode, we cover:

2:14 – Hyper personalisation
4:15 – A machine that persuades us
8:20 – Dumb hotel rooms
9:26 – OCEAN personality traits
11:15 – Machine learning
11:59 – Google as the world’s largest focus group
13:03 – Mass customisation
14:07 – Voice user interface
17:52 – Natural language generation
20:58 – GAN – General Adversarial Network
21:09 – Creating and Judging algorithms
23:41 – Singapore model
27:46 – China’s social credit system
36:22 – Psychotechnology

Resources mentioned in this episode:

wammerman.com
Book: The Foundation by Issac Assimov
Tool: Reveal Mobile
Album: Billy Elish

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Sep 3, 2019

In this episode we learn from Peter Guzzardi, about the Life Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz.

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After a lifetime in book publishing, Peter Guzzardi had edited a remarkable group of diverse authors, from Stephen Hawking to Deepak Chopra, from Carol Burnett to Douglas Adams.. Yet everything he’d learned from working with them felt oddly familiar. One day it suddenly became clear: all that wisdom had its roots in a film he’d watched as a child, “The Wizard of Oz.” That revelation led to his first book ‘Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons From Over the Rainbow’. Deepak Chopra says: “The nine Emeralds in this book provide a powerful, near-magical tool for navigating any difficult situation. I have been using them myself, and my life is more effortless, spontaneous, and joyful.”

In this episode, we cover:

1:47 – From editor to writer
4:21 – Working with difficult people
5:27 – The two types of book editor
6:20 – The structural editor
7:02 – Working with first time authors
9:01 – The Wizard of Oz
10:54 – The Heroes Journey
13:36 – Your ideal reader
17:15 – Listen to your longing
18:57 – Seeing it for the first time
20:08 – Celebrate yourself just for showing up
21:05 – Choose compassion
22:10 – Realise you already possess what you want most
23:30 – Face what you fear
24:08 – Pull back the curtain and see things as they really are
24:56 – You’ve got the power
25:34 – There’s no place like home
26:58 – Working with Douglas Adams
27:15 – Writing to deadlines
28:09 – “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
30:02 – How to get unstuck
32:32 – Spoken word vs written word

Resources mentioned in this episode:

peterguzzardi.com
Book: On Writing by Stephen King
Tool: Microsoft Word
Album: Bop Till You Drop by Ry Cooder

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Aug 27, 2019

In this episode we learn from Igor Kheifets, about the Confessions Of An Email Marketing Millionaire.

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Igor is the highest paid email marketer in the world. He specializes in helping people break the link between their time and their income using email marketing. 10 years ago he started building his first email list from his bedroom. Since then he has generated over 4,331,656 email opt in leads for himself and over 20 million leads for his clients. He is the bestselling author of ‘List Building Lifestyle – Confessions Of An Email Millionaire’.

In this episode, we cover:

2:20 – Writing your first book
4:13 – Committing to version 1.0
9:01 – Robert Kiyosaki
10:55 – MLM
13:11 – Webinar funnels
16:59 – The two types of emails
20:48 – Andre Chaperon
20:48 – Seinfeld Sequence
23:19 – Soap Opera Sequence
23:35 – Emailing your list three times a day
23:46 – Infotaining approach
25:19 – Why people join your list
26:41 – Brendon Burchard
26:41 – Ticking timebomb campaigns

Resources mentioned in this episode:

igorsbook.com
igor.ac
Tools: Kartra
Book: No B.S. Direct Marketing by Dan Kennedy
Album: Long Way To The Top by AC/DC

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Aug 20, 2019

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In this episode we learn from Brian Dixon about on How to create your First Four Online Products

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Brian Dixon believes you are here for a purpose. As a podcaster, conference speaker, and business coach, he is passionate about helping high potential leaders and teams thrive in a world of overwhelming options. He has a doctoral degree from the University of San Diego and today spends him time helping people clarify their message, build their audience, and create and launch life-changing products.

In this episode, we cover:

1:35 – Clarity coaching
2:02 – Edupreneurship
4:19 – Dream year
6:33 – Innovate with Dan Miller
9:32 – Dr Shirley Taylor
10:49 – Solving your customers problem
12:41 – Your first four products
13:55 – Swipe files (lesson plans, checklists)
18:54 – Look over my shoulder (step by step video)
24:48 – Let me work with you (personal coaching call)
32:06 – Online coaching program (group coaching, six weeks, zoom)

Resources mentioned in this episode:

briandixon.com
Book: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Tool: Notes
Album: Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

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Aug 14, 2019

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In this episode we learn from the president of Transformant, Tony Saldana about the Digital Transformation Speaker.

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Tony Saldanha is president of Transformant, a consulting firm specializing in assisting organizations through digital transformations. During his twenty-seven-year career at Procter & Gamble, he ran both operations and digital transformation for P&G’s famed global business services and IT organization in every region of the world, ending up as Vice President of Global Business services, next Generation services. He is an advisor to boards and CEOs on digital transformation, a sought-after speaker, and a globally awarded industry thought leader. His new book is called Why Digital Transformations Fail: The Surprising Disciplines of How to Take Off and Stay Ahead.

In this episode, we cover:

1:57 – The rise of digital transformation
4:05 – Singapore’s digital transformation
9:09 – Honeywell and Tridium
9:54 – Why 70% of digital transformation projects fail?
10:23 – Goal setting
11:46 – Execution methodology
12:41 – India’s space programme
13:39 – Brexit
14:22 – The ergonomics of digital transformation
15:03 – The board room of a fourth industrial revolution company
16:41 – Digital transformation skills
18:59 – Human + Machine
21:29 – Visa University
23:17 – Five stage
25:28 – 10x Disruption

Resources mentioned in this episode:

transformant.io
Book: The Driver In The Driverless Car, The Checklist Manifesto
Album: Tracker by Mark Knopfler

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Aug 7, 2019

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In this episode we learn from Camilita Nuttall on How To Sell From The Stage.

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Camilita is a ‘Rock Star’ International Speaker, 7-Time Award Winning Corporate Sales & Business Growth Expert, Executive Business Coach, Entrepreneur, Author & Property Investor. Featured in FORBES & Quoted in Think & Grow Rich for Women, Camilita has appeared on SKY TV, BBC Business News, Pursuit Men’s Magazine and others. Dr. J B Hill, Napoleon Hill’s grandson quoted Camilita in front of 20,000 people as saying, ‘There is no better time than the present to take action to Succeed’….

In this episode, we cover:

2:47 – Digging through the dump
4:00 – Direct selling
6:29 – Doing your due diligence
10:10 – Selling from the stage
11:44 – The lifespan of a client
13:05 – Learn, connect and collaborate

Resources mentioned in this episode:

camilita.com
Tool: Zoom
Book: Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Music: We Will Rock You by Queen

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Jul 30, 2019

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In this episode we learn from Conor Brady. About The Power Of Great Storytelling And Experience Design.

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Conor Brady is a passionate believer in the power of great storytelling and experience design, no matter the channel or medium. In his role as Chief Creative Officer at Critical Mass, he oversees the agency’s work and drives creative excellence on a global scale. Prior to joining Critical Mass, he worked at digital agencies Huge and Organic, holding the title of Chief Creative Officer at each. Throughout his career, he has played a decisive role in shaping the digital experiences of BMW, Apple, Nike, Audi, Samsung, and Pepsi. Originally from Belfast, Conor began his career in publishing, designing the first 100 book covers for Vintage Paperbacks in London. He then moved into the music industry as a creative director at Universal Music/Polygram, designing record covers.

In this episode, we cover:

2:44 – Starting in music album cover design
7:05 – Finding the narrative
9:17 – United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) experience
11:14 – Using creativity to help rid the world of landmines
12:06 – Marcos Grob
16:01 – Visa InSite
18:38 – What does the intranet of the future look like?
20:55 – Using curiosity to solve problems at scale
22:49 – Ray Dalio
23:18 – Brutal transparency
24:00 – Opening the design process up to users
24:27 – Citibank watch app
25:23 – Inviting users into the office
27:01 – Monzo
30:03 – Professor Tanzeem Choudhury
31:28 – The Ford car colour story

Resources mentioned in this episode:

jamestaylor.me/tanzeem-choudhury
criticalmass.com
instagram.com/cbrady
Tools: Sketch
Book: The Do Series – thedobook.co
Album: Bright Lights by Interpol

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Jul 24, 2019
Dr. Mark T Wade went from brick & mortar to multi-million dollar online business using a strategy called the One-Day Summit. Having created 6, 7 & Multi 7-figure businesses in the Brick & Mortar, Online Education, & Software As A Service space, Dr. Mark now helps entrepreneurs scale their online businesses with proven strategies such as the One-Day Summit Formula.
 
 
In this episode, we cover:
  • 2:56 – Learning about virtual summits
  • 3:45 – Pat Flynn
  • 5:02 – One day virtual summits
  • 7:35 – Self-liquidating offers
  • 10:41 – All Access Pass
  • 15:07 – Best software for online summits
  • 16:04 – The perfect number of guests for a one day summit
  • 19:56 – Short attention spans
  • 21:24 – How to price your virtual summit pass
  • 27:26 – Invert always invert
  • 37:23 – Lives changed KPI

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Jul 9, 2019

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In this episode we learn from designer Gordon Stannis of Twisthink about the role of human centered design and internal innovation.

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Michael G. Goldsby is the Chief Entrepreneurship Officer and Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ball State University, USA. He teaches creativity, innovation, and design in the University’s nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship. Along with his co-author Rob Mathews they have written a new book called ‘Entrepreneurship the Disney Way.’


In this episode, we cover:

1:45 – Walt Disney’s Entrepreneurial Style
5:26 – The Artist Stage
6:00 – The Scientist Stage
6:26 – The Builder Stage
6:36 – The Evangelist Stage
6:41 – Always Looking For The Next Thing
6:54 – What’s Next
7:10 – Disney’s Drive
8:47 – Wife and Brother
10:28 – Pioneering Merchandising
11:56 – The Disney Strike
13:41 – The Bear Suit
15:07 – The Death of Walt Disney’s Mother
15:59 – Disney DNA
16:15 – Great Storytelling
16:23 – Seeing Themselves As A Technology Company
18:21 – Key Decision Moments
23:02 – The World Needed To Think Of Walt Disney As A Genius

Resources mentioned in this episode:

elprofile.com
amazon.com/Entrepreneurship-Disney-Way-Michael-Goldsby/dp/1138737542
Tools: Dragon Dictation
Book: Getting Things Done by David Allen
Album: Greatest Hits by David Allen

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Jul 3, 2019

Gordon brings a unique perspective to the world of innovation. He is a Partner and Director of Design and Strategy at Twisthink, where he specializes in unlocking exciting new business value for clients. How do they do this? Well by using human-centered design to uncover strategic insights and apply emerging design and technology trends and capabilities. He's worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Whirlpool, Stryker, Haworth, Crown Equipment, Lutron and more. For nearly two decades now Gordon and his team have devoted their time to creating the ideal user experience to help their clients to become market leaders and grow.
In this episode, we cover:

3:30 – Internal Innovation vs External Innovation
4:43 – Hilton Doorkey App
6:48 – QuickPick Remote Advance – Crown Equipment
9:35 – The IoT Glove
11:31 – Safety on the factory floor
12:18 – Luck favors the prepared mind
13:38 – Human Centered Design (HCD)
15:06 – The role of ego in design
15:57 – Coming to the table with a point of view
– Being open to new information and inspiration
17:35 – Bringing a fresh perspective
– The Hermann Miller desk
– Artfully functional products
– Making chairs smarter
– Dumb hotel rooms
– Only 9% of companies have an ongoing innovation process
– 40% of companies do not talk to their customers
– Deeply engaging with your customers
– Adjacent Benchmarking
– Co-Catalyzing Teams
– VRT Tool
– Usability and Desirability
– The 10 Types of Innovation

Resources mentioned in this episode:

twisthink.com/creative
Book: Setting The Table by Danny Meyer
Album: Landlady by U2

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Jun 25, 2019

Founder of Why Millennials Matter, Joan Kuhl is an author, speaker, and champion of women in leadership. Through her international speaking engagements, research, and consulting, she has guided leaders from more than sixty countries with clients such as Goldman Sachs, Eli Lilly and Company, University of North Carolina, and the New York Mets. She is the author of three books, including Dig Your Heels In: Navigate Corporate BS and Build the Company You Deserve.

In this episode, we cover:

2:07 – Cultivating confidence
4:18 – Taking an inventory of your strengths
4:38 – The importance of self care
5:17 – Dealing with imposter syndrome
8:36 – Referring women keynote speakers
16:09 – How Joan found time to write a book
19:37 – Uncovering superpowers

Resources mentioned in this episode:

joankuhl.com
Tools: Google Calendar, Evernote, Rev.com
Album: Ugly Dolls Soundtrack

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Jun 18, 2019

Jerry Colonna is CEO and cofounder of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm, and he is also the author of REBOOT: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. Prior to his career as a coach, he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase. He joined them from Flatiron Partners, which he launched in 1996 with partner Fred Wilson. He has used the knowledge gained as an investor, executive, and board member for more than 100 organizations to help people lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity.

In this episode, we cover:

2:15 – The coaching/client relationship
– Your first coaching session
7:17 – Smuggling in mindfulness
8:45 – The role of mindfulness as radical self-enquiry
10:46 – Five times a day
12:20 – Red, Yellow, Green
15:07 – Hal Gregerson – Asking Better Questions
16:20 – Ed Catmull’s great question
17:34 – Dealing with imposter syndrome
18:00 – The power of a well-asked question
19:08 – What does success look like?
19:33 – What kind of company are we building?
19:47 – What kind of leader am I?
20:11 – Writing your first book
23:59 – The Crow

Resources mentioned in this episode:

hello@reboot.io
reboot.io/book
Tools: Friends
Books: On Writing by Stephen King
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Record: Growing Up by Bruce Springsteen

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Jun 12, 2019

Dr. Mik Kersten started his career as a Research Scientist at Xerox PARC where he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He then pioneered the integration of development tools with Agile and DevOps as part of his Computer Science PhD at the University of British Columbia. Founding Tasktop out of that research, Mik has written over one million lines of open-source code that is still in use today, and he has brought seven successful open-source and commercial products to market. He is the author of Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework.

In this episode, we cover:

2:54 – Getting into the flow of writing code
3:16 – Introversion to Extroversion
5:16 – Setting up flow blocks
6:37 – Getting things done
7:49 – Scheduling recurring events
8:44 – Understanding your energy levels
11:51 – Digital disruption
14:33 – Value streams
16:28 – Project Management vs Agile
18:46 – Software as a creative discipline
18:58 – Flow and feedback
21:40 – DevOps
21:50 – Lean Startup
22:48 – Mik’s ‘lightbulb moment’
24:30 – Steve Blank

Resources mentioned in this episode:

twitter.com/mik_kersten
Tools: Slack
Album: House or Baroque

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Jun 4, 2019

After a life as a consulting actuary to Fortune 100 companies on Park Avenue, David Wood built the world’s largest coaching business, becoming #1 on Google for life coaching and serving huge audiences worldwide. He now coaches high performing leaders to play the best game they possibly can, deepening connection and living a regret-free life. How? By setting life-changing goals, taking laser-focused action, and increasing their levels of Truth, Daring, and Caring.

In this episode, we cover:

3:02 – The Shadow Side of Bali
5:19 – Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
6:21 – Finding Your Community
7:18 – Personal Growth
12:51 – Types of Coaching Business Models
21:44 – Guide On The Side

Resources mentioned in this episode:

playforreal.life
Tools: Google Docs, Get Real App
Books: Loving What Is by Byron Kadi, E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber
Album: Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf

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May 29, 2019

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She is the founder and CEO of Patwa Apparel an authentic Jamaica clothing brand. Heneka is also the creator of the Caribbean’s first Virtual Conference and Expo – The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo. She is also the Host of The Entrepreneurial You podcast and Organizer of Leadercast events in Jamaica.

In this episode, we cover:

1:59 – Leadercast Events
5:00 – From Selling Apples to Selling Apparel
8:11 – Patwa as a language
12:43 – Made in Jamaica
16:25 – Competition to Collaboration
18:43 – The Entrepreneurial You Podcast
21:37 – Building Confidence
23:02 – Marcus Garvey
23:28 – How To Reach Out To Influencers
24:30 – Contacting Richard Branson
25:58 – Connecting with Les Brown
26:47 – Seth Godin
26:50 – Hunter.io
28:27 – John Lee Dumas as an inspiration

Resources mentioned in this episode:

henekawatkisporter.com
Tools: Boomerang, Calendly, canva.com
Book: How To Win With People by John Maxwell
Album: One Love by Bob Marley

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Apr 23, 2019

Gary Pisano is one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of innovation, strategy, manufacturing, and competitiveness. He is the Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration and the Senior Associate Dean For Faculty Development at the Harvard Business School. His latest book Creative Construction shows how large companies can construct a strategy, system, and culture of innovation that creates sustained growth.

In this episode, we cover:

2:06 – Innovation in big companies
5:06 – Innovation like a muscle. Large companies have weak muscles and need a workout.
6:35 – Innovation culture – Psychological safety but brutally candid (flyting)
6:51 – Amy Edmondson
11:59 – Ed Catmull
13:33 – Innovation system – The power of synthesizers
16:22 – AI as boundary crossers
21:57 – Innovation strategy – Disruptive, Routine, Architectural, Radical
24:47 – Neopolitan pizzas
25:02 – Does everything need to be innovative

Resources mentioned in this episode:

gpisano.com
Book: Slow Food Guide
Album: Abbey Road by The Beatles
Tool: Waze

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Apr 16, 2019

Greg Kieser is the founder of Supersystemic.ly, a Brooklyn-based think-tank and angel investment firm dedicated to increasing humanity’s readiness for the emergence of superintelligent entities through the study and spread of “supersystemic” perspectives and innovations. Kieser previously oversaw a portfolio of technology initiatives at an NYC-based poverty-fighting foundation. His new book, Dear Machine: A Letter to a Super-Aware/Intelligent Machine sets a course for symbiosis with superintelligent machines. Learn more at www.supersystemic.ly/dear-machine/

In this episode, we cover:

1:57 – Complex systems
2:55 – An optimistic view of superintelligent machines
4:14 – Letters to a machine
7:44 – UBI
11:50 – AI and a period of strife
15:59 – The ethics of AI
16:54 – Write what you know

Resources mentioned in this episode:

supersystemic.ly
Tools: Gmail
Book: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Album: Spotify Discover

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Apr 9, 2019

Christian Terwiesch is a professor in Wharton’s Operations and Information Management department and co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. He also holds a faculty appointment in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Christian launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in business on the Coursera platform and by now, well over half a million students have enrolled in the course. His latest book Connected Strategy, co-authored with Nicolaj Siggelkow, identifies the four pathways for turning episodic interactions into continuous relationships.

In this episode, we cover:

3:33 – The 3 Types of Innovation
5:40 – Innovation in Healthcare
6:12 – MOOC’s
9:16 – Respond-to-desire
10:43 – Curated offering
11:39 – Coaching behaviour
17:39 – Automatic execution
20:10 – The power of big data
25:03 – Innovation in the classroom
26:44 – The process driven approach to innovation

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Herbert Grönemeyer
twitter.com/Terwiesch
coursera.org/instructor/~1349478
terwiesch.com
Tool: YouTube
Album: Herbert Grönemeyer
Books: Product Design Development: amazon.com/Product-Design-Development-Karl-Ulrich/dp/0073404772
Connected Strategy Book: amazon.com/Connected-Strategy-Continuous-Relationships-Competitive/dp/1633697002

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Apr 2, 2019

Jamie Metzl is a technology futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. In February 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. His latest book is called ‘Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. Ray Kurzweil calls the book “an outstanding guide to the most important conversations of our lives – how we humans will hijack our evolutionary process and transcend the limits of our own biology”.

In this episode, we cover:

2:57 – Renaissance man
3:54 – What is your craft?
5:14 – Being a voracious learner
8:37 – Dolly the Sheep
9:22 – Transhumanism
11:10 – China vs USA (technology ecosystems)
15:13 – Quality culture of responsible science
17:59 – Is sex for reproduction becoming extinct?
21:59 – Charles Darwin’s 8th Edition
22:39 – Running for public office
23:49 – Crashing

Resources mentioned in this episode:

jamiemetzl.com
Hacking Darwin book
Tools: Apple iPhone
Book: The Earth Shall Weep by James Wilson
Album: Thriller by Michael Jackson

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Mar 26, 2019

Catherine Orer is an award-winning Business & PR Strategist and founder of The Artist Entrepreneur, where she counsels professional visual artists and creative entrepreneurs who want to build sustainable businesses and careers. After working as a PR professional for multinational corporations, and then for art galleries in Paris and North America, she decided to create The Artist Entrepreneur, a business which seeks to bridge the gap between creativity and being business savvy. Catherine and her team do this by offering strategic consulting services to help artists, art galleries, and other artistically-related businesses and organizations reach their professional goals.

In this episode, we cover:

4:17 – The Artist Entrepreneur
6:02 – How to sell art
8:24 – Selling an idea
10:24 – Finding the story
13:12 – Finding the ‘why’ behind your work
14:01 – Daily journaling
14:53 – The role of community for an artist
16:11 – Making an impact with your art
17:16 – Developing creative courage
18:14 – Inspiration doesn’t happen at the computer
18:55 – Cooking and creativity
19:42 – Finding your passion

Resources mentioned in this episode:

theartistentrepreneur.com/
instagram.com/catherineorer
Tools: Insights Mindfulness Timer
Book: Essentialism by Greg Keown

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Mar 19, 2019

Safi Bahcall is the author of Loonshots. After studying physics at Harvard and Stanford, he founded a biotech company specializing in cancer drugs, led its IPO, and served as its CEO for 13 years. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and in 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors.

In this episode, we cover:

5:18 – The problem with ‘Disruptive Innovation’
9:45 – How to win the Nobel Prize
10:43 – What to ignore
12:03 – How to write a non-fiction book
13:48 – How phrase transitions work
14:43 – An emergent behaviour
18:15 – The power of competing forces
19:23 – Stake in the outcome vs Perks of rank
22:32 – What we can learn from Richard Branson about innovation and creativity
27:25 – How McKinsey promotes executives
28:44 – How ideas get crushed in companies
30:26 – Structure vs Culture
31:59 – Organisation as a weapon
37:20 – REAS

Resources mentioned in this episode:

loonshots.com
Tool: Copernic
Album: Nina Simone Greatest Hits
Book: Short Stories by Vladimir Nabokov

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Mar 13, 2019

Matt Ward is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, speaker, futurist, growth hacker, and author focused on helping startups change the world. He now runs The Syndicate podcast where he interviews top angel investors and VCs like Jeff Clavier, Esther Dyson and Tim O’Reilly about early stage tech investing. If hosting one podcast wasn’t enough he also hosts The Disruptors podcast where he covers exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, genetics, blockchain and quantum computing. He is also the author of ‘Gods of the Valley: How Today’s Tech Giants Monopolize the Future’.

In this episode, we cover:

1:52 – The Disruptors
3:32 – Longevity and living to 150
6:11 – Genetic editing
10:44 – The rise of clean meat
14:41 – Inequalities of artificial intelligence
17:08 – Ready Player One and a VR world
21:34 – Autonomous vehicles

Resources mentioned in this episode:

disruptors.fm
mattward.co
Tools: Slack, Zapier, Google Docs
Book: How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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Mar 5, 2019

Liston Witherill is an author, speaker, and advisor to agencies and consulting firms ready to move beyond the referral. Liston’s work is based on cutting edge psychology, behavioral economics, and his own sales experience. His mantra is “Serve, Don’t Sell,” and he believes selling should be an ethical, win-win arrangement 100% of the time. Prior to creating his training business, Liston was the owner of a boutique marketing firm, and ran business development and marketing for a $12M consulting firm. He podcasts 3x a week, and runs 3 times a week, and lives with his beautiful wife, cat, and dog in Portland, OR.

In this episode, we cover:

3:16 – The power of podcasting
9:41 – Serve, don’t sell
12:51 – Fyre Festival
18:00 – Creating a repeatable sales plan
19:44 – Designing a better discovery call
20:39 – Pain, Goal, Value
21:00 – 70/30 Rule for sales calls
21:14 – “Why are we on the phone today?”
23:52 – The five why’s
24:23 – The magic wand question
28:13 – How to finish a sales call

Resources mentioned in this episode:

liston.io
Tools: Ulysees App
Typeform
Sales Navigator
Album: Donuts by J Dilla
Book: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

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