Episode 18 – Alf Rehn – Innovation for the Fatigued

I’m tired with all this talk about “innovation” and “creativity”…and, so is international consultant and innovation expert Alf Rehn. So, he channeled his anger into a great new book, Innovation for the Fatigued – How to Build a Culture of Deep Creativity. Alf shares what he has learned about innovation and distilled them into some concrete, practical tips. On this podcast you will learn about the value of “spirit of generosity,” why diversity is critical to your efforts and why you don’t need a bunch of geniuses to come up with all the good ideas. And, yes, with that first name I just had to ask him about the 80s sitcom of the same name…

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Episode 17 – Frans Johansson – The Medici Effect

Have you ever wondered creativity really comes from? Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect – What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation and CEO of The Medici Group asked the same question and his hunch was right! Creativity most often occurs at the “intersection.” This could be two scientific fields, two business disciplines or simply two, diverse people. In this episode, Frans helps us understand why diversity is not just a buzzword, what role humility plays in innovation and what criteria we should use to judge new ideas.

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Episode 16 – Josh Mensch – The First Conspiracy

Did you know that the American Revolution was almost over before the real fighting began? Did you know that a large percentage of the population actually sided with the British during this same time and that George Washington didn’t even consider himself fit to lead the Continental Army? Actually, neither did I…

Please join me as I speak with NY Times best-selling author Josh Mensch as we explore the implications of these questions and how they inform us, today. His new book, co-authored with Brad Meltzer (The First Conspiracy – The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington) has been on the NY Times best-seller list for over two months and is absolutely fascinating.

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Episode 15 – Mike Normant – Coach Your Self Up

Who do you talk to more than anyone else? Could it be yourself? Mike Normant, certified Executive Coach and author takes time out of his busy schedule to talk about his new book: Coach Your Self Up. Mike helps us understand how he went from electrical engineering to consulting to human resources…then hit the ‘Pause’ button to figure out what he really wanted to be.

In this episode Mike & I talk about bringing a coaching “flavor” to our conversations with ourselves, a six-syllable word for “hope,” and the ultimate superpower that anyone can have (with a little work).

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Episode 14 – Mike & Katie Stallard – Connection Culture

Why is it that some organizations consistently outperform their competitors AND serve as great places to work? Is it the right strategy? Is it great leadership? Mike and Katie Stallard of E Pluribus Partners help organizations such as Sloan Kettering, NASA and others build what they call a “connection culture” where Vision, Value and Voice help employees, partners and customers feel engaged, empowered and energized. This dynamic duo shares their story of cancer, loneliness and resilience in a thought-provoking and inspiring episode.

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Hile Rutledge – Episode 13 – Emotional Intelligence

Hile Rutledge is a coach, consultant and an accomplished author. And, he is an expert in the area of emotional intelligence (EQ). As President of a consulting firm (OKA), Hile helps his clients achieve their business results by improving the human element.

In this episode we talk about Hile’s love for the great ’70s movie “The Towering Inferno,” how moving around as a kid affected his EQ and how improving just four elements of emotional intelligence could be the cure for our political polarization.

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Joy Leach – Episode 12 – Master Certified Coach

What is a professional coach? What makes a coaching engagement effective? What can coaching teach us about negotiation and leadership?

My mentor, friend and colleague, Joy Leach brings her wisdom, candidness and coaching expertise to Looking For AND in a 30-minute podcast to answer these questions and more. Joy is a Master Certified Coach and a member of the Leadership Team with the Hudson Institute of Coaching. She shares some helpful tips for leaders, coaches and just about anyone who values personal and professional development.

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Alexandra Levit – Episode 11 – Humanity Works

Did you know that by 2030 almost 1/3 of all the tasks completed by certain professions may be automated? Does this scare you like it scares me? Alexandra Levit, author if Humanity Works – Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future joins me where we talk about these numbers shouldn’t scare us and what we can do about.

Levit is a futurist with a strong track record of success who will help us filter out the noise about the coming AI revolution. We talk about why it’s NOT time to panic, human-machine hybrid teams and the jobs that will actually be created as a result.

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John Gable – Episode 10 – AllSides.com

Quick…what is your go-to news source? How often do you search for alternative views on hot topics like the wall, the Mueller investigation or climate change? John Gable, co-founder of AllSides.com has a mission to “Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world — and each other.”

Please join us for a way-too-fast 30 minutes where we talk about how improv can make you a better listener, how ‘filter bubbles’ can make you angry and why we only need 3.5% of the US to make AllSides.com their home page!

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Katherine Ludwig – Episode 9 – Humility Is The New Smart

How can humans flourish as machines continue to advance and master the tasks people have been doing for decades? What does it mean to be truly human? How are learning, curiosity and humility tools that we can use to prepare for the coming ‘machine age?’

Katherine Ludwig helps us answer these questions and more while we discuss her book (Humility is the New Smart), her roots in blue collar western Pennsylvania and her undying love of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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