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750 episodes

A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management.

    How the Pandemic Changed Talent Management

    How the Pandemic Changed Talent Management

    Johnny C. Taylor Jr., CEO and President of the Society for Human Resource Management, says that this is a reset moment for organizations that want to finally get human resources right. The crisis has taught leaders just how important it is to find and mobilize talent and evaluate and adjust to employee needs. He shares research on several trends set to accelerate, including hybrid and contract work and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and offers guidance to leaders around the world trying to identify what the new normal should look like in their organizations.Taylor is the author of the book Reset: A Leaders Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.

    Best of IdeaCast: Saying No to More Work

    Best of IdeaCast: Saying No to More Work

    When the work keeps piling on, there comes a time when everyone needs to say no. But how do you do so without offending your coworkers or hurting your career? Former host Sarah Green Carmichael, and Karen Dillon, the author of the “HBR Guide to Office Politics,” talk about the best practices on saying no to work when youre overwhelmed.

    What We Still Need to Learn about AI in Marketing — and Beyond

    What We Still Need to Learn about AI in Marketing — and Beyond

    Eva Ascarza, professor at Harvard Business School, studies customer analytics and finds that many companies investing in artificial intelligence fail to improve their marketing decisions. Why is AI falling flat when it comes to this key lever for profit? She says the main reasons are that organizations neglect to ask the right questions, weigh the value of being right with the cost of being wrong, and leverage the improving abilities of AI to change how companies make decisions overall. With London Business School’s Bruce G.S. Hardie and Michael Ross, Ascarza wrote the HBR article Why You Aren’t Getting More from Your Marketing AI.

    Rethinking Our Relationship with Work (Back to Work, Better)

    Rethinking Our Relationship with Work (Back to Work, Better)

    Emily Esfahani Smith, author of “The Power of Meaning,” has long studied how people find fulfillment. As the ongoing pandemic causes many of us to rethink how and why we do our jobs, she offers advice on how to find more enjoyment and engagement, avoid burnout, reset ambitions, and, if necessary, change paths. One key is to define - or redefine - your purpose as it relates to work, and Smith explains how to do that wherever you are in your career.

    When Entrepreneurs Distort the Truth

    When Entrepreneurs Distort the Truth

    Kyle Jensen, associate dean at the Yale School of Management, has seen firsthand just how tempting it is for entrepreneurs to lie. As a startup founder himself, he says they have to be always on and ready to promote their venture. Another reason they’re incentivized to exaggerate is that while many startups fail, successes can become billion-dollar enterprises. Finally, Jensen argues, misrepresenting is relatively easy to get away with in a field of unproven potential. He talks through infamous examples of entrepreneurs distorting the truth and how to change startup culture for the better. Jensen is a coauthor of the HBR article Entrepreneurs and the Truth.

    Moving the Needle on DEI

    Moving the Needle on DEI

    Shelly McNamara, head of equality and inclusion at Procter & Gamble, knows just how valuable it is to work at an inclusive company. Back in 2012, as a VP at P&G, she came out publicly as LGBTQ, and shes since worked tirelessly to ensure that the organization is not only diverse but also a place where all employees feel like they can be their authentic selves. After more than a year of pandemic and political and racial tensions in the U.S. and other parts of the world, these issues have become even more critical for businesses to address, and McNamara points to specific DEI strategies that have proven effective in a variety of corporate environments. McNamara is the author of the book No Blanks, No Pauses: A Path to Loving Self and Others.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

1.5K Ratings

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Had this on in the background, but then unfortunately had to stop listening after about 16mins (in #810) when I heard the speaker start gushing on about how Kanye West is a great genius in the history of music ...

Good overall.

I’ve been listening to it a few months now. Overall this show is interesting to listen to and gives really good insights into the business world. My only complaint is during the recent podcast #788 Career Rules at around the 19 min mark the host came off as ignorant by saying “Large, small, US, Asian, Indian, South American.” India isn’t a continent and is considered Asian, there was no need to distinguish/ single it out.

Curt Nickisch rocks!

Carlos Ghosn 4 part series was outstanding - in-depth, intelligent and entertaining. Curt’s voice is made for podcasting!

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