May 16, 2017

Getting Everything Out of Your Kanban Software that You Should?

Dimitar Karaivanov, CEO and Co-founder of Kanbanize, thinks that you can do better. Dimitar is a Lean-thinker and a Kanban practitioner with a background in the areas of software development and process improvement. Through the success of his company, he has proven that Kanban can be used for product development and not just change management activities. He is passionate about achieving extreme performance at scale and applying Lean / Kanban outside IT.

 

His Lean Software Development with Kanban book is available free of charge on his website. In it learn how Kanbanize managed to achieve a 300% efficiency improvement of our software development processes in this detailed case study. It is located towards the bottom of the page.

 

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May 8, 2017

7 Essential Coaching Questions

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He has written a number of books. His latest,  The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. helps to teach managers how to make coaching part of their everyday job.  In  it, he drills down on 7 essential questions and as Michael says, “ to demonstrate how—by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.”

 

I have written about and recommended this book since the outset of this publication, August 2016. If you want ideas of how I utilize this material check out these blog posts, And What Else? – Michael Bungay Stanier and The Best Sales Question is not Why, it is What.  However, I encourage you to listen to the podcast first for some great insight on The Coaching Habit.

 

P.S. If you are a Kata practitioner this material needs to be in your library. I own both the Kindle and Audible versions.

 

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May 4, 2017

Leadership Roadmap (Audio Version)

The Strategic Leader's Roadmap: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy delves into the main principles of strategy and of leadership breaking them into six main components. The authors explain how to put these six components into practice through a set of action items blended with case studies. Both of the authors participated in the podcast. 

 

Harbir Singh is Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include corporate governance, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, management buyouts, and strategies for corporate acquisitions.

 

Michael Useem is Egan Professor of Management, Faculty Director of the McNulty Leadership Program, and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include corporate governance, risk management, decision making, organizational leadership, and change management.

 

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May 2, 2017

Having Successful Conversations

A special collection of Business901 podcasts on the subject of conversations. The collection totals over four hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance.

 

 

Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. In an age of shrinking attention spans, non-stop interruptions, floods of information, the messages business leaders send out are getting lost in a sea of words. His new book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley & Sons, 2014) tackles the timeliness of the “less is more” mandate.

 

Dialogue MappingTM with KC Burgess Yakemovic of Cognexus Group.  KC has over 25 years of experience capturing and using decision-making rationale within both the corporate and small business environments. She worked with Jeff Conklin (author of Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems) during his early research on the technology needed to support the IBIS methodology in the “real world.”   Since January 2011, KC has been the Director of Training at CogNexus.

 

Tom MacKay is the founder of MacKay Solutions. Tom first trained as a psychologist and in NLP in 1990 and since then  has become one of the most respected NLP  trainers in the UK. Tom is a Master Trainer of NLP, the highest level that can  be attained, and is the only INLPTA Master Coach Trainer in the UK. He has appeared on television on the BBC show “Pay Off Your  Mortgage” and recently filmed a pilot show on family dynamics.

 

The Process Communication Model (PCM) was developed by Dr. Taibi Kahler, and Judy and Joe Pauley have been teaching and implementing this model for over twenty years. Their website for more information is Kahler Communication.

 

Steve Portigal. author of Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights, is the founder of  Portigal Consulting. Steve was my guest on the Business901 podcast, Uncovering Compelling Insights.

 

Dr. Reldan, “Relly,” Nadler is a leading psychologist and Executive Coach focusing on developing and providing cutting edge Emotional Intelligence tools and strategies for CEO’s, Executives, leaders, managers and their organizations and teams.  His newest book, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, gives hands-on solutions to become these problems and more.

 

Eli Schrangenheim has been part of the Theory of Constraints movement practically from the beginning. He started working with Dr. Goldratt as a programmer to program a game for adults that would teach them how to think over 25 years ago. He is the author of Management Dilemmas: The Theory of Constraints Approach to Problem Identification and Solutions.  

 

In Russ Unger’s new book Designing the Conversation: Techniques for Successful Facilitation (Voices That Matter) he discusses the ability to communicate and the practice of setting up the conversation to make them productive.

 

Craig Weber is the founder of The Weber Consulting Group, an alliance of experts committed to helping organizations and teams build their capacity for engaging tough, wicked, adaptive challenges. He’s consulted to an expansive roster of world-class clients, helping them improve their performance by treating dialogue as a discipline. His unique work is outlined in his ground-breaking book, Conversational Capacity: The Secret to Building Successful Teams That Perform When the Pressure Is On.

 

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Apr 30, 2017

What Are Your Avoidance Tendencies?

According to Andy Molinsky, an expert on behavior in the business world, there are five key challenges underlying our avoidance tendencies: authenticity, competence, resentment, likability and morality. Does the new behavior you’re attempting feel authentic to you? Is it the right thing to do? Answering these questions will help identify the “gap” in our behavioral style that we can then bridge by using the three Cs: Clarity, Conviction, and Customization. Perhaps most interesting, Molinsky has discovered that many people who confront what they were avoiding come to realize that they actually enjoy it, and can even be good at it. 

 

Andy is the author of the new book, Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence.

 

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Apr 27, 2017

The Architects of Quality & Management

Dr. Deming, Peter Scholtes, Brian Joiner, Peter Drucker, Joseph Juran, Dr. Deming

 

A special collection of Business901 podcasts that featured subject matter experts on the people above and with a special appearance by Brian Joiner. These are some of my all-time favorite podcasts. The collection totals just over three hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance.

 

I interviewed Dr. Joyce Orsini, a professor at Fordham University and president of the W. Edwards Deming Institute and Kevin Cahill, the Executive Director of the Institute. Dr. Orsini has also recently authored the book, The Essential Deming: Leadership Principles from the Father of Quality and Kevin is the grandson of Dr. Deming. The W. Edwards Deming Institute® was founded by Dr. Deming in 1993 to provide educational services related to his theories and teachings. The aim of The W. Edwards Deming Institute is to foster understanding of The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® to advance commerce, prosperity, and peace.

 

Kelly Allan Associates, Ltd. has been the point of contact for consulting and speaking on Peter’s behalf since 2000. From 1987 to 1993, Peter Scholtes shared the platform with W. Edwards Deming, helping to educate corporations about the new philosophy of the Quality movement. He was one of the first to synthesize the principles of the organizational development field with the teachings of Dr. Deming. When Peter Scholtes retired from conducting seminars and consulting, he asked Kelly to continue his work. After five years of doing this, Peter wrote a note of thanks and admiration to Kelly for his efforts, which I highly recommend that you take a look at and read. Kelly also serves on the advisory council of The W. Edwards Deming Institute.

 

The Business Development Director of the Drucker Institute, Peter Gandolfo, joined me on the podcast to discuss Peter Drucker and the future of the institute. I think you will be quite surprised at how the Peter Drucker’s Legacy is evolving.

 

The Juran’s Quality Handbook: The Complete Guide to Performance Excellence 6/e  was co-authored by Joe DeFeo and the late Dr. Joseph M. Juran. This authoritative resource shows how to apply universal methods for delivering superior results and organizational excellence in any organization, industry, country or process.

 

John Hunter authors the Deming Blog where he explores Deming’s ideas on management by examining his works and exploring how the ideas are being applied in organizations today. While he was alive Deming continued to learn and add to his management philosophy. The blog attempts to hold true to his ideas while also looking at how those ideas have been, and are being, extended and implemented. John combines technology with management expertise to improve the performance of organizations. He has served as an information technology program manager for the American Society for Engineering Education, the Office of Secretary of Defense Quality Management Office and the White House Military Office. He has authored the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog for years.

 

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Apr 23, 2017

Sean Ellis Introduces Hacking Growth

The definitive playbook by the pioneers of Growth Hacking

 

This podcast is packed with actionable advice as only Sean Ellis can deliver. 

 

Sean Ellis is CEO and founder of GrowthHackers.com, the number one online community for GrowthHackers with 1.8 million global users. Sean coined the term "growth hacker" in 2010 and is the producer of the GrowthHackers Conference. Prior to GrowthHackers, Sean founded and sold customer insights company Qualaroo, growing it to millions of dollars in recurring revenue with customers such as Starbucks, Amazon and Intuit. He has also led growth or marketing for Dropbox, Eventbrite, LogMeIn (IPO), Uproar (IPO) and Lookout.

 

Sean's new book Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success does for market-share growth what Lean Start-Up did for product development, and Scrum did for productivity. It involves cross-functional teams and rapid-tempo testing and iteration that focuses customers: attaining them, retaining them, engaging them, and motivating them to come back and buy more.

 

 

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Apr 18, 2017

Forging Resilient Business Relationships

Michael Papanek is principal and founder of Michael Papanek Consulting.  He has over 30 years of expertise leading successful large scale change initiatives and increasing the performance of people and organizations and complex competitive markets Michaels new book From Breakdown to Breakthrough is about forging resilient business relationships in the heat of change.

 

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Apr 16, 2017

Storytelling Audio book

A Storytelling special collection of Business901 podcasts. The topics range from Transmedia Storytelling to How to structure and tell business stories. The collection totals just over three hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance.

 

The Nonprofit Narrative: How Stories Can Save the World authored by Dan Portnoy is one of the best introductions on how to tell your story as a For-Profit or Non-Profit organization. This might be an endorsement; I own the book in both audio and as a Kindle. The book is short, to the point and will make an impact on how you tell your organization’ story. Dan can be found at The Portnoy Media Group.

 

Annette Simmons wrote the book, The Story Factor (2nd Revised Edition), and a hidden gem, Territorial GamesThe Story Factor became a classic when 800-CEO-READ named it in their book as one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (Penguin, 2009). Annette is the founder of Group Process Consulting.

 

Andrea Phillips is an award-winning Transmedia writer, game designer, and author. Transmedia Storytelling is a story experience both for and with an audience that unfolds over several media channels. Author Andrea Phillips provides a fantastic introduction in this podcast and her new book, A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling.

 

The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Market Your Brand by Ekaterina Walter, is a great introduction to this subject. The book offers a viewpoint from the 20K level all the way down to pixels without missing a beat.

 

The Pixar Storytelling book is about effective storytelling rules based on Pixar’s greatest films. The book consists of ten chapters, each of which explores an aspect of storytelling that Pixar excels at.Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films.  The author of Pixar Storytelling, Dean Movshovitz was my guest on the podcast.

 

Donna Lichaw helps you navigate the oft-treacherous waters of product development. Donna helps you not just to tell stories or use stories to promote your product, but to build your products as if they were stories themselves. Her book, The User’s Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love shows you how, when, and why to use narrative structure, technique, and principles to ideate, craft, and test a cohesive vision for an engaging outcome.

 

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache.  Nick wrote this little treasure, How to Tell Great Business Stories, which is how I happened upon him. Since then he has published a new book, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others and Maximizing Your Personal Impact.

 

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Apr 13, 2017

Gaining From Our Setbacks (Audio)

As an award-winning sports journalist, Sam Weinman has long studied the ripple effects of losing. But as a father of two competitive boys, he struggled to convince them that failing—whether losing a hockey game or bombing a math test—can actually be a critical part of success. So he sought out the perspectives of men and women who have turned significant setbacks into meaningful comebacks—and sometimes even new careers—to illustrate how we can not only overcome defeat but grow stronger from the experience.

 

In the interview, I turned it into a personal experience from raising my sons and associated experiences from the eSports world.

 

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Apr 11, 2017

Do You Understand the Future Workplace?

The future-proof Workplace highlights the changes already taking place around us: the transition from skills to knowledge, the neuroscience approach to leadership and motivation, galloping technical advances, and more. Dr. Linda Sharkey is a proven leader with experience in Fortune 10 companies building teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. She has specific expertise in culture transformation, developing high potential leaders and building scientific and data supported talent processes that yield better leadership capability. She is an internationally recognized expert on global leadership development.

 

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Apr 6, 2017

Dan Roam on Winning thru Drawing

This is a compilation of all five interview segments and lasts about fifty minutes. Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller, The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. You could credit Dan as putting the idea of drawing and visual thinking on every business’s napkin (table) 10 years ago. Since that time, he has authored numerous books, and with Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind just recently released.

 

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