Leadership & Business Podcast

The Host

Ken White

Ken WhitePh.D. is the Associate Dean for MBA & Executive Programs at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He teaches executive communication and has over 20 years of senior leadership experience. Prior to working in higher education, White was an award-winning television sports anchor. The Leadership & Business podcast series features discussions with professionals from around the world who share strategies and tactics for becoming a successful leader.


Matt Williams
Matt  WilliamsEpisode 64: Dec. 06, 2016
Matt Williams

Matt  Williams

Episode 64: Dec. 06, 2016

Leading a Good and Tough Culture

Some of the best organizations in the world have some of the best cultures. An effective organizational culture will attract the best professionals who generate would class results. One such organization is the Martin Agency, one of the top full-service agencies in the world, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. CEO Matt Williams joins us today to discuss advertising, leading creative professionals, and the agency's good and tough culture.

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  • Why culture is important
  • What is a full-service advertising agency
  • How to lead creative people
  • The importance of a good cultural fit
  • How to succeed in a changing advertising landscape
  • What is a social media expert
  • How does a CEO spend their days

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Jennifer DiMotta
Jennifer  DiMottaEpisode 63: Nov. 29, 2016
Jennifer DiMotta

Jennifer  DiMotta

Episode 63: Nov. 29, 2016

Creating the Customer Experience

The way we shop during the winter holidays and throughout the year continues to evolve. Consumers have many ways to buy from and interact with their favorite stores. Jennifer DiMotta is Vice President, Digital and Omni Channel, for bluemercury, a leading luxury beauty retailer. She spends much of her time and attention making sure her customers have a good experience with bluemercury, wherever they happen to be, and joins us today to discuss ways bluemercury - and other retailers - are connecting with their consumers.

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  • What is Omni Channel
  • How to know how customers are interacting with retail
  • The importance of engaging customers via video
  • What is the customers' priority
  • What is the role of social media in marketing
  • Marketing consumable vs fashion products
  • Is digital a threat to brick and mortar
  • How to approach leadership in retail marketing
  • Do you have to love the product to be an effective marketer

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Donna McDermott
Donna  McDermottEpisode 62: Nov. 22, 2016
Donna McDermott

Donna  McDermott

Episode 62: Nov. 22, 2016

It's All About the Customer

Donna McDermott has spent over 30 years as a brand management executive for some of the country's most well-known brands: Oscar Meyer, Tropicana, Bacardi, Heinz, AutoZone. She's developed scores of new concepts and prototypes while launching 12 new brands and line extensions that have resulted in annual sales of over 2 billion dollars. She is currently the marketing principle at FedEx, and joins us today to discuss the differences between branding and marketing, product management, and why professionals need to always put their customers first.

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  • What does a marketing principle do
  • How has marketing changed over the years
  • The difference between branding and marketing
  • What are the responsibilities of a product manager
  • Marketing a product vs. marketing a service
  • The roles and responsibilities of a brand manager
  • How to know what the customer wants
  • What are the traits of a successful product manager
  • The importance of strategic networking
  • How to get into marketing

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Mike Petters
Mike  PettersEpisode 61: Nov. 17, 2016
Mike Petters

Mike  Petters

Episode 61: Nov. 17, 2016

Leading the Large Organization

Huntington Ingalls is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering, and management services to the nuclear energy, oil, and gas markets. For more than a century, Huntington Ingalls has built more ships in more classes than any other U.S. Naval shipbuilder. Before taking the lead in 2011, President and CEO Mike Petters was President of Northrop Grumman shipbuilding. Petters earned his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from William & Mary, and he joins us today to discuss how he approaches leadership and what it's like to lead 35,000 employees.

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  • What is the role of a CEO for a large company
  • How can diverse experience help leadership ability
  • Why enabling your employees to succeed should be a top priority
  • How to maintain leadership drive
  • The importance of proper time allocation
  • How to communicate to a large team
  • Why transparency in leadership is important
  • Understanding your team's strengths and weaknesses
  • How to strategize for future success
  • How to communicate with stakeholders
  • Where should aspiring leaders spend their energy and time

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Mike McSherry
Mike  McSherryEpisode 60: Nov. 08, 2016
Mike McSherry

Mike  McSherry

Episode 60: Nov. 08, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Success

Most entrepreneurs and professionals in the start-up world know that success is hard to come by, especially in the tech arena. For many, the number of failures far outweighs the number of successes. That has not been the case for Mike McSherry, who has successfully sold four of the five start-ups he has co-founded. He is currently CEO of Xealth - a digital prescribing and analytics platform integrated into healthcare electronic medical records, and joins us today to discuss his career, entrepreneurship, and the tech start-up space.

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  • How to get into entrepreneurship
  • What is a serial entrepreneur
  • Why conviction to strategy and ideas is important
  • How did Boost Mobile get started
  • Whys to bring value to a leadership team
  • How to choose the right team
  • The role of a startup CEO
  • What are the skill sets needed for a good team
  • How did Swipe get started
  • How do you deal with failure
  • What is the gig economy and how to be successful in it

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Andrew Leeth
Andrew  LeethEpisode 59: Nov. 01, 2016
Andrew Leeth

Andrew  Leeth

Episode 59: Nov. 01, 2016

Cyber Attacks & the Ethical Hacker

One of the biggest, most expensive, and misunderstood threats to businesses today is the cyber attack. In today's environment, businesses and organizations are constantly at risk of being hacked, and those hacks can cause a company to lose its reputation, money, customers, and more. Cyber attacks are difficult to predict and stop, therefore many companies are bringing in "ethical hackers," computer experts assigned to penetrate and assess the security of computer and internet systems. Andrew Leeth is a security engineer for Salesforce, and has worked with businesses to identify potential weaknesses in their systems. He joins us today to tell us what companies and organizations are doing to minimize the chance of a cyber attack.

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  • What is an ethical hacker
  • How do you assess potential security flaws
  • How to use social engineering to gain security access
  • What are common security problems
  • The importance of strong passwords
  • What happened during the Target security breach
  • How to protect data confidentiality, integrity, and availability
  • What is a DDoS attack
  • How can a website be vandalized
  • Will cyber attacks ever end
  • What is the goal of a cyber security department
  • How to support business decisions with data
  • Where to start to protect your business

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Elizabeth Nieto
Elizabeth  NietoEpisode 58: October 25, 2016
Elizabeth Nieto

Elizabeth  Nieto

Episode 58: October 25, 2016

Diversity, Inclusion, and the Bottom Line

Recently, Forbes Magazine reported that diversity and inclusion will be a top priority for businesses in the year ahead, explaining that gender-diverse companies were 15% more likely to outperform their peers. In addition, ethnically diverse companies are 30% more likely to do the same. Today, more companies are realizing that solid diversity and inclusion practices positively affect the bottom line. Elizabeth Nieto is Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at MetLife who has spent her career in the D&I space, and joins us to discuss what it can do for individuals and organizations.

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  • How to integrate talent from other diverse backgrounds
  • What are different ways to adopt leadership principles
  • How diversity positively effects company experience
  • Why inclusive organizations offer the best opportunity for talent to emerge
  • What progress has been make in the D&I space
  • How diversity and inclusion talent management has changed
  • The importance for women to declare their aspirations in the workplace
  • Why understanding bias is important
  • How to manage a diverse workplace
  • Why it's important to understand the management language of veterans
  • The benefits of providing clear positive LGBTQ policies
  • The importance of diversity representation

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Karen Locke
Karen  LockeEpisode 57: Oct. 18, 2016
Karen Locke

Karen  Locke

Episode 57: Oct. 18, 2016

The CEO of Your Own Career

The days of spending an entire career with one employer are long gone. Today, professionals can expect to change employers and career paths multiple times. Managing your career can be a real challenge, but if done correctly can lead to a great career in which you and your employer are happy. Karen Locke is the Pat and Margaret Walsh professor in Leadership and Ethics at William & Mary's Mason School of Business who works with a range of professionals on, among other things, how to be the CEO of your career.

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  • How students can take progressive steps in their leadership journey
  • The value of translating skill sets into career paths
  • The importance of gaining feedback
  • What After-Action reviews can provide
  • Understanding who you are in the experience of others
  • What personal strengths help career growth and development
  • What are some tools for self-assessment
  • Differentiating between the problem oriented mindset vs. strengths mindset
  • How to approach being the CEO of your own career
  • Why employees are important resources for business growth

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Julien Cayet
Julien  CayetEpisode 56: Sept. 27, 2016
Julien Cayet

Julien  Cayet

Episode 56: Sept. 27, 2016

Strategy

Many organizations invest time generating their strategic plans but those plans often don't prove to be successful. Arcadis is a leading international consulting company in design, management, engineering, and other services. Julien Cayet is Global Leader, Business Advisory at Arcadis. He joins us to talk about strategy, the dynamic nature of strategy, and how it intersects with structure and culture.

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  • The role of a strategic officer in a company today
  • What is needed in companies for strategy
  • How to gather around a mission for a company
  • How strategy, structure, and culture intersect
  • What causes failure when companies try to take action on a strategic plan
  • Lessons learned from a global culture within a company
  • What is the role of the leader in strategy
  • Why Arcadis does a 10-year strategy plan

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Keith Sullivan
Keith  SullivanEpisode 55: Sept. 6, 2016
Keith Sullivan

Keith  Sullivan

Episode 55: Sept. 6, 2016

Coolsculpting's Road to Success

Millions of people turn to cosmetic surgery every year. In 2010 a new noninvasive alternative was introduced into the market, and become a success story. Keith Sullivan is the Chief Commercial Officer of the company that created Coolsculpting, a method for burning fat that is noninvasive. He chats with us about the lessons learned along the way, and how the road to success was not as smooth as it seemed.

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  • What Coolsculpting does
  • How Keith's company developed the product
  • What they do when people tell them it can't work
  • How they brought the product to market
  • Why the company almost folded after going public
  • What they decided to change once the company was rebuilt
  • How they approached marketing the product
  • The lessons of trying to get an idea to catch on

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Bob Williams
Bob  WilliamsEpisode 54: Aug. 30, 2016
Bob Williams

Bob  Williams

Episode 54: Aug. 30, 2016

Pillars of Leadership

For some professionals, the ultimate goals is to serve as a leader that makes an impact on the world, customers, and people within their company. Recent graduates of the Flex MBA program at the Mason School of Business at William & Mary heard from Bob Williams, a clinical lecturer at the school. He teaches leadership and we sat down with him to talk about what it means to be a leader today.

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  • What principled achievement is all about
  • Why it's important to think before you act
  • How people with an MBA go out and become leaders in the world
  • The story of Elvis Presley and leadership
  • The responsibility of being a leader
  • What it takes to be a great leader
  • The seven principles of leadership

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Chris Smith
Chris  SmithEpisode 53: August 24, 2016
Chris Smith

Chris  Smith

Episode 53: August 24, 2016

The Craft Brewery Business

Craft Breweries have grown dramatically in the last few years - over 12% of all beer purchased in the U.S. is now produced and sold by local craft breweries. Chris Smith is the co-owner of The Virginia Beer Company, a craft brewery in Williamsburg, Virginia. He joins us on this episode to discuss the challenges of the craft brewing industry and what the future holds for the beer industry in the U.S.

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  • How to define what craft breweries are
  • Why he decided to open a brewery
  • How his beer is made
  • How to choose ingredients for their beers
  • Why the industry involves retail, wholesale, and manufacturing
  • The regulations that the brewery must deal with
  • The phenomenon of craft brewery festivals
  • The changing taste of Americans in general

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David Long
David  LongEpisode 52: August 16, 2016
David Long

David  Long

Episode 52: August 16, 2016

Impression Management at Work

When we change jobs, ingratiation plays a significant role on how we create relationships with our new colleagues. How can you build new relationships with our new colleagues. How can you build new relationships as a new employee? David Long is conducting new research on impression management at work - he's a professor at William & Mary's Mason School of Business. Long teaches organizational behavior and conducted a series of studies on this subject and how it affects leaders as well. Listen in to learn about new employees, making an impression, and how it affect the rest of the team.

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  • What impression management means
  • Why we are always unconsciously controlling how we are being perceived
  • How impressions are formed
  • The experiments that Long and his colleague conducted
  • Why leaders want to be seen as competent
  • What to do as a newcomer in a company
  • What the field of organization behavior means

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Hamilton Perkins
Hamilton  PerkinsEpisode 51: Aug. 02, 2016
Hamilton Perkins

Hamilton  Perkins

Episode 51: Aug. 02, 2016

Turning Plastic Bottles into Designer Bags

The average American throws away 181 pounds of plastic each year, much of it from water bottles. Hamilton Perkins has decided to do something about that; he's taking discarded water bottles and turning them into affordable designer travel bags. His story has caught on and he's reached thousands of supporters and customers on social media. We speak with Hamilton about today's new economy, environmental sustainability, social media, and his story.

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  • How Hamilton learned his industry and came up with his business idea
  • Why he is finding his audience primarily online
  • How companies need to understand media and social in order to succeed
  • How he used Kickstarter to launch his product
  • How they manufacture the bags made from recycled materials
  • What they do with social media to go directly to their customers
  • How to start your own product or business, even if you have a full time job

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Andrew Smith
Andrew  SmithEpisode 50: July 26, 2016
Andrew Smith

Andrew  Smith

Episode 50: July 26, 2016

The Evolution of Advertising

Social media continues to rise - over 1 billion people use YouTube, and almost 60% of American adults have a Facebook account. Social media has changed the way businesses build their brands and reach customers. Advertising agencies have changed to adapt to the new landscape, and one such company on the forefront of that change is Initiate-It, an advertising firm in Virginia. On this episode we chat with Initiate-It's CEO Andrew Smith about how social media has changed advertising.

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  • What the ad agency landscape looked like 15 years ago
  • Why strategy is much more important now for agencies
  • What it means to be "digital-first"
  • The problems that small businesses come to advertising firms looking to fix
  • Investing in content development
  • How to have a solid SEO strategy
  • Why people are spending more on digital advertising
  • The importance of video content

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Deborah Hewitt
Deborah  HewittEpisode 49: July 19, 2016
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Deborah  Hewitt

Episode 49: July 19, 2016

The Ramifications of Brexit

Brexit has been the topic of political and economic decisions for months, and now the reality of a British exit from the European Union is reshaping global markets and politics in Europe. Deborah Hewitt is a Clinical Professor of Economics and Finance at the College of William & Mary, and she joins us to answer all of our questions about Brexit.

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  • What started the process that became the Brexit vote
  • Why stocks tanked when the Brexit vote happened
  • What the European Union countries should think about the exit
  • The business lessons to be learned from Brexit

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Dan Webber
Dan  WebberEpisode 48: July 12, 2016

Dan  Webber

Episode 48: July 12, 2016

Crisis Communication in the Digital Age

Due to the digital age, new challenges arise when it comes to crisis management and reputation management. Innovative companies turn to consulting firms like Edelman when crises happen, and develop strategies for dealing with them before they happen. Our guest Dan Webber is Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for Edelman DC's Digital Team. He joins us to talk about the changing landscape of crisis communication and what leaders need to know to positively position themselves.

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  • What crisis management really is
  • The impact a crisis has on social media
  • Bringing data into managing social media accounts
  • A proactive strategy to crisis management
  • Identifying what risks might happen in advance
  • Addressing crises as a human being
  • Understanding your risk profile

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Cris Wineinger
Cris  WineingerEpisode 47: July 5, 2016

Cris  Wineinger

Episode 47: July 5, 2016

Leadership in the Non Profit Space

As part of our Summer Look Back Series, we bring you a popular episode with Cris Wineinger. Most professionals spend some time in the nonprofit space during their careers, fundraising for organizations or helping to manage them. Cris Wineinger has been helping nonprofits function at a high level for 25 years, and she joins us on the podcast today to discuss the ins and outs of fundraising, and how to lead in the nonprofit space.

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  • How her first nonprofit job shaped her career
  • What you need to know to put together a capital campaign
  • What fundraising is really like
  • How to have successful fundraising and focusing on the donor
  • Some of the biggest mistakes fundraisers make
  • How the ask is the start of the relationship with a donor
  • How to communicate with donors
  • How the landscape of fundraising has changed as a result of the recession

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Dave Cote
Dave  CoteEpisode 46: June 28, 2016

Dave  Cote

Episode 46: June 28, 2016

Advice from a World Class CEO

As part of our Summer Look Back Series, we bring you a popular episode with CEO Dave Cote. Dave Cote is the chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc. Dave became chairman of the board in 2002 and is now one of the highest paid executives in America.

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  • Fade-surfing - What it is and why to avoid it as a leader
  • The role the CEO plays in getting things moving
  • Why picking metrics can be misleading
  • Managing the e-mail onslaught and the challenges of a hyper connected world
  • The media and why we see Dave Cote featured so often
  • Why leaders should have their internal story be the same as their external story
  • How Dave Cote "grew into" the position of CEO at Honeywell
  • Why working as a hourly employee in a factory was important for his role as a CEO

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Margaret Liptay
Margaret  LiptayEpisode 45: June 21, 2016

Margaret  Liptay

Episode 45: June 21, 2016

Leadership Presence

As part of our Summer Look Back Series, we bring you a popular episode with leadership coach Margaret Liptay. Margaret Liptay is a certified leadership coach and CEO of MLC Consulting. She worlds with leaders to help them with "leadership presence," something she believes is vital to success as a leader. Learn what leadership presence is in this episode, and why it is so important.

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  • What a leadership coach does
  • How Margaret defines leadership presence
  • The qualities of a present leader
  • The 3 important parts of being a great leader
  • How to get feedback about how you are doing as a leader
  • Why emerging managers often hijack themselves
  • How feedback from a coach can be so important
  • Why listening is one of the most important skills a leader can have
  • What is energy of voice
  • The exchange of information in a multi-generational workforce

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Dr. Kelly Crace
Dr. Kelly  CraceEpisode 44: June 14, 2016

Dr. Kelly  Crace

Episode 44: June 14, 2016

How to Handle Stress

Dr. Kelly Crace is a psychologist and the Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness at the College of William & Mary. He's studied stress an helps athletes, students, and teams understand the types of stress and how to deal with them.

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  • Kelly's role in stress management on the William & Mary campus
  • Why the belief that stress is bad is a myth
  • The two components of stress
  • What tools successful people employ
  • Why values are your purest form of motivation
  • The spectrum of perfectionism and procrastination
  • How trust trumps fear with the right mindset
  • What meditation does for stress and success
  • How the work world has changed
  • Redefining what wellness really is
  • What to do if you have a high level of stress

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Akram Khan
Akram  KhanEpisode 43: June 07, 2016

Akram  Khan

Episode 43: June 07, 2016

Competing with Robots

It's no secret that robots and technology are coming into the workplace and replacing human beings. Our guest Akram Khan is president of Pantheon, a software development company, and he keeps a close eye on the constantly evolving technology that is disrupting work and those who work for a living. Akram discusses the skills that professionals will need for a future which will include ever evolving technology.

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  • What Pantheon does and Akram's leadership role
  • How to bridge the gap between technology and people
  • Why investments in technology creates disruption
  • Why you need to stay updated on the technology that is available in the market
  • What machines can't do very well
  • Why you should think about global reach
  • How being creative is more important than ever

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Phil Heavilin
Phil  HeavilinEpisode 42: May 31, 2016

Phil  Heavilin

Episode 42: May 31, 2016

Accelerating Your Career

As a society, we like to change jobs. Many people change employers to get promoted and earn higher salaries. But what if you want to stay at your job and get promoted? Phil Heavilin is the Executive Director of the Graduate Career Management Center at the College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He provides career counseling and coaching to MBA students in a range of fields. Listen in to learn how you can accelerate your career within your organization, and earn a promotion.

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  • Why people don't get promoted within their company
  • 4 tips to accelerate your career
  • How visualizing the reaction you want from your boss will help you create better work
  • Why you should pick up the torch when it is dropped
  • How integrity is one of the most important leadership skills
  • Why it is important to give accolades to colleagues and clients
  • How to engage in self-reflection

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Margaret Liptay
Margaret  LiptayEpisode 41: May 24, 2016

Margaret  Liptay

Episode 41: May 24, 2016

Fear of Failure

Failure is something that everyone in the professional world encounters, and how you approach potential failure will have an effect on your professional and personal life. Margaret Liptay is a leadership coach who helps her clients understand and react to failure and the fear of failure.

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  • How fear of failure is greater than failure itself
  • Why failing is learning
  • Why everyone struggles with fear of failure
  • What happens when you let your critic take over
  • Why we should embrace self doubt
  • The importance of keeping a journal
  • What companies do to create a culture where experimentation is allowed

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Priscilla Shumway
Priscilla  ShumwayEpisode 40: May 17, 2016

Priscilla  Shumway

Episode 40: May 17, 2016

Real Women, Real Leaders

What makes successful women leaders successful? Priscilla Shumway is the coeditor of the book Real Women, Real Leaders, and she chats with us about the qualities that women leaders possess and tips for women looking to gain leadership experience today.

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  • How women differ in their leadership styles from men
  • The commonalities in the women they interviewed
  • Why mentoring is so important
  • Why integrity and honesty are important traits for leaders
  • How more women are involved in leadership positions now
  • The resources in the book

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Karen Griffith Gryga
Karen Griffith  GrygaEpisode 39: May 10, 2016

Karen Griffith  Gryga

Episode 39: May 10, 2016

Helping Female Founders Succeed

Women are founding more companies than ever - yet only 3% of venture capital is invested in female-led businesses. Karen Griffith Gryga is an investor and venture capitalist, and she helps female founders through her initiative Dream It Athena, helping them increase the probability of raising capital. We discuss women in business, her successful Dream It Athena initiative, and more.

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  • Why Dream It was started
  • What a business accelerator does
  • The massive economic opportunity for venture capitalists
  • Why she helps female founded companies get funding
  • What the bravado gap is
  • Her passion for the entrepreneurial world
  • Why execution of the idea is most of the work

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Tim Dunn
Tim  DunnEpisode 38: May 3, 2016

Tim  Dunn

Episode 38: May 3, 2016

Doing Good and Doing Well

Tim Dunn has spent his career as an investment professional, and decided to start giving back. He's on the podcast today to talk about why you should do good for the world as well. As Millennials insist that their employers give back to the world, we talk about the many ways you and your organization can give back.

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  • How Tim's career changed over time
  • Why he made the decision to change his career and give back
  • How he used his passion for the environment and his professional skills to craft a new career
  • About starting a new investment firm
  • How to choose your second career
  • How Millennials are viewing their lives in terms of their impact on the earth

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Alan B. Miller
Alan B.  MillerEpisode 37: Apr. 26, 2016

Alan B.  Miller

Episode 37: Apr. 26, 2016

Lessons From a Leader

Alan B. Miller is one of the most successful leaders in all of business. He founded Universal Health Services (UHS) in 1978, one of the largest hospital management companies in the nation. In this episode, we talk about how he learned about leadership, from his high school basketball team to the U.S. Army.

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  • How leadership is innate
  • Some of the lessons on leadership that he learned from the military
  • Why trust is so important
  • What gets him excited about leading his company
  • The obstacles for healthcare in America going forward
  • Why leading by example is the best way

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Becca Marcus
Becca  MarcusEpisode 36: Apr. 19, 2016

Becca  Marcus

Episode 36: Apr. 19, 2016

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a combination of focus techniques, breathing exercises, and meditation that executive and leaders have found helpful in business - for relaxing, focusing, and relieving stress. In recent years, mindfulness has become so popular that it has grown into a mindfulness movement, and a growing number of companies now offer mindfulness programs and classes. Becca Marcus teaches mindfulness at the College of William & Mary, where she works at the campus counseling center. In this episode, we'll discuss what mindfulness is and why it might be right for you.

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  • The definition of mindfulness
  • Why we get caught up in our minds
  • How mindfulness is different than meditation
  • How she teaches mindfulness
  • How to learn how to be present
  • The benefits of being mindful
  • How to start practicing mindfulness

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Frank Fahrenkopf
Frank  FahrenkopfEpisode 35: Apr. 12, 2016

Frank  Fahrenkopf

Episode 35: Apr. 12, 2016

The Presidential Debates

Frank Fahrenkopf is Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization responsible for organizing the general election debates between presidential candidates. He founded the Commission in 1986 and chats on the podcast today about the organization, the current presidential race, and how they create the debates.

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  • Why he is upset by what's been happening in the presidential debates so far
  • How he started the Commission
  • How they choose a moderator for a debate
  • How they select a site for the presidential debates
  • Some amazing moments from debates past

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Kim Lopdrup
Kim  LopdrupEpisode 34: Apr. 05, 2016

Kim  Lopdrup

Episode 34: Apr. 05, 2016

The Hospitality Gene

Keeping customers happy is one fo the basic goals of business, but is especially hard to achieve in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Kim Lopdrup is CEO of Red Lobster, and has spent time with Procter & Gamble, Burger King, and others. He joins us today to discuss several key elements of the restaurant business, including the importance of customer-centric employees and the hospitality gene.

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  • What gets Kim excited about the restaurant industry
  • How to find and train people who care about other people
  • What the hospitality gene is
  • Why having fun is key to a successful company
  • How they are more nimble as an independent company
  • How they are expanding internationally
  • The generational shift that is going on in their customer base
  • What happened when Beyoncé mentioned Red Lobster in a song

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Walter Hickey
Walter  HickeyEpisode 33: Mar. 29, 2016

Walter  Hickey

Episode 33: Mar. 29, 2016

Telling Stories Through Numbers

Data Analytics has been one of the most important and fastest-growing sectors of business, and the combination of data analytics and journalism has become increasingly popular as well. Walter Hickey is the Chief Culture Writer for FiveThirtyEight.com, a website that uses data and statistics to talk about the world. In this episode, we discuss how journalists are using data to help us understand the world around us.

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  • What FiveThirtyEight does and how they make numbers compelling
  • How to make data "cool" with important data vs interesting data
  • How they go about doing data visualization at FiveThirtyEight
  • Where the intersection of math and journalism happens
  • How Walter started doing statistical journalism

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Janice Min
Janice  MinEpisode 32: Mar. 22, 2016

Janice  Min

Episode 32: Mar. 22, 2016

Career Advice for Young Women

Janice Min leads two of the most powerful and prestigious news brand in entertainment media - The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. She was on the William & Mary campus this past week to speak to professional women and students about careers, business, and being a leader. She sits down with us to share her advice for young women in leadership roles.

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  • About the Women's Leadership and Stock Pitch Competition
  • How she came up with her career advice for young women in their careers
  • What she has learned over the span of her career
  • Why no one is going to reward you for just working hard
  • How being the idea person is more valuable than being the hardest worker
  • Why listening is underrated
  • Why you shouldn't apologize for being ambitious, and why some people will want you to
  • How you should be comfortable with knowing what you don't know
  • Why you need to be courageous
  • How working on your personal life is just as important as your professional life

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David Friedman
David  FriedmanEpisode 31: Mar. 15, 2016

David  Friedman

Episode 31: Mar. 15, 2016

Building Positive Culture

You may have been a part of some great organizations in your career, and maybe some no-so-great ones. Company culture plays a major role in how great an organization can be, and David Friedman helps companies and organizations build positive company culture. He's the author of Fundamentally Better: Building a Culture of Success Through Organizational Values, and he chats with us about the fundamental behaviors and culture that make some organizations great.

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  • How he got into the field of building culture
  • Why he became an entrepreneur and how he grew his business
  • How culture is a big business attraction
  • The way he wrote his book about culture
  • The fundamental behaviors that he teaches at an organization
  • Why people are talking about culture more and more but not doing very much about it
  • How the culture of a group significantly influences the performance of the group
  • How to create rituals
  • Why leadership needs to drive cultural change

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Sharon Wood-Dunn
Sharon  Wood-DunnEpisode 30: Mar. 08, 2016

Sharon  Wood-Dunn

Episode 30: Mar. 08, 2016

Diversity in the Workplace

Workplace diversity is an issue that has been with us for years and as the world becomes more diverse, companies and organizations are embracing diversity in order to succeed. Sharon Wood-Dunn is the owner of S Wood-Wilson Associates, a consulting practice that works with companies and organizations to succeed in human resources and corporate culture. She discusses the state of diversity and inclusion and how companies can succeed in those areas.

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  • About the changing demographics of the workforce
  • What diversity and inclusion involves
  • The history of diversity programs, and where we are today
  • How a breakdown in leadership leads to a breakdown in culture and inclusion
  • What to do when you don't feel included in your workplace
  • How Millennials are effecting diversity

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Mary Gentile
Mary  GentileEpisode 29: Mar. 01, 2016

Mary  Gentile

Episode 29: Mar. 01, 2016

Giving Voices to Values

How do you address ethical issues in the workplace? Mary Gentile is the author of the Giving Voice to Values program, which helps organizations and professionals identify ethical issues in the workplace and hone their ability to voice concern and create change. In this episode, we talk about how leaders can communicate and problem solve using the Giving Voice to Values system when an ethical issue arises.

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  • What Voice to Values is all about
  • How to problem solve using the Voice to Values system
  • Why it falls under the leadership development category
  • How leaders can pioneer the Voice to Values program
  • Some of the ethical issues that come up frequently in businesses
  • Why values aren't always easy to act on
  • How the culture in different countries within a global organization can create unique obstacles to ethical issues
  • How Millennials view values

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Hector Guerrero
Hector  GuerreroEpisode 28: Feb. 23, 2016

Hector  Guerrero

Episode 28: Feb. 23, 2016

Past, Present, and Future of Big Data

Big Data has been the hot topic in business for the past few years. Businesses and organizations are hiring people with experience in data management more than ever, and business schools are adding programs in data and analytics to get ahead of the curve. Dr. Hector Guerrero is a professor of Operations and Information Technology at the College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. We chat with him today about what Big Data means, how it got started, and why it's the future.

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  • What is big data?
  • The history of big data, where it started
  • The kinds of software you can use, including Excel
  • How programs in MBAs now focus on business analytics
  • What kinds of people might be interested in big data
  • How big data is changing business

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Bob Williams
Bob  WilliamsEpisode 27: Feb. 16, 2016

Bob  Williams

Episode 27: Feb. 16, 2016

Leading vs. Managing

Successful organizations need both leaders and managers. The skill sets of each of these roles varies greatly, and each one requires a different type of person. Bob Williams has had a long career in leadership positions, and now teaches leadership and management to corporate clients and business students alike. Listen in to learn the characteristics of leaders and managers and why both are important to organizations.

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  • Why leaders and managers are very different
  • How some managers want to become leaders for the wrong reasons
  • What a leader's role is in terms of looking into the future
  • The characteristics of a manager
  • How the Great Recession changed business models and changed roles of leaders and managers
  • Why leaders need to be great communicators
  • Why leaders are OK with failure
  • What future leaders of today should consider when being interviewed for leadership positions
  • What it's like to work with John Maxwell
  • What the highest level of leadership means

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Jena Burgess
Jena  BurgessEpisode 26: Feb. 9, 2016

Jena  Burgess

Episode 26: Feb. 9, 2016

Millennials and the Workplace

In 10 years, Millennials could make up as much as 75% of the global workforce. They are considerably different from previous generations, so companies and organizations that hire Millennials have to learn how to adapt. Jena Burgess is CEO and Founder of Coach Jena B. and she works with Millennials, companies, and universities on Millennial impact and how they will change the workplace.

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  • Who makes up the Millennial group
  • Why Millennials are looking for purpose and meaning at work
  • How recruiting for Millennials has to be different
  • The research that you can do internally to see where and how you need to hire
  • Why there is sometimes a communication gap between generations in the workplace
  • How Jena coaches Millennials
  • How Millennials were affected by the Great Recession

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Graham Henshaw
Graham  HenshawEpisode 25: Feb. 02, 2016

Graham  Henshaw

Episode 25: Feb. 02, 2016

Entrepreneurial Thinking

More companies and organizations seek employees and leaders who have an entrepreneurial mindset. Graham Henshaw is the Executive Director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center at the College of William & Mary. He helps students, professionals and organizations understand and embrace entrepreneurial thinking, and today on the podcast he'll discuss why you need to as well.

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  • How to define entrepreneurial thinking
  • The skillets of entrepreneurial thinking
  • Why startups are not the only place that can leverage these ways of thinking
  • What design thinking is and how many companies are employing it to move their company forward
  • How you learn to fail wisely using the affordable loss principle
  • How people react to failure
  • What the Entrepreneurship Center does in their curriculum to prepare students for entrepreneurship in their careers
  • Why the ability to deal with ambiguity is one of the most needed skills for the present and the future in any organization
  • The most important element of entrepreneurial thinking

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Pam Suzadail
Pam  SuzadailEpisode 24: Jan. 26, 2016

Pam  Suzadail

Episode 24: Jan. 26, 2016

Online Learning

Higher Ed is being changed by technology - many business schools are offering fully online MBA programs. Pam Suzadail is the Director of the Online MBA Program at William & Mary's School of Business, and today she chats with us to discuss online learning and it's future in education.

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  • The different options and features of an online education program
  • What is a online-offline blended program
  • Why an online MBA is not an easier path to an MBA
  • What is it like to be a professor in the online space
  • How to train a professor to teach online
  • How the stigma of online education has changed
  • What needs to happen to launch an online education program
  • How to find the online programs that will fit you
  • What the future of online graduate education holds
  • Why online graduate programs are not less expensive that in-person education

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Cris Wineinger
Cris  WineingerEpisode 23: Jan. 19 2016

Cris  Wineinger

Episode 23: Jan. 19 2016

Leadership in the Non Profit Space

most professionals spend some time in the nonprofit space during their careers, fundraising for organizations or helping to manage them. Cris Wineinger has been helping nonprofits function at a high level for 25 years, and she joins us on the podcast today to discuss the ins and outs of fundraising, and how to lead in the nonprofit space.

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  • How her first nonprofit job shaped her career
  • What you need to know to put together a capital campaign
  • What fundraising is really like
  • How to have successful fundraising and focusing on the donor
  • Some of the biggest mistakes fundraisers make
  • How the ask is the start of the relationship with a donor
  • How to communicate with donors
  • How the landscape of fundraising has changed as a result of the recession

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Leif Murphy
Leif  MurphyEpisode 22: Jan. 12, 2016

Leif  Murphy

Episode 22: Jan. 12, 2016

Leadership in Healthcare

For many small towns, the local hospital is the heart of the community, being the largest employer in the area. Leif Murphy chose his career because of that small town hospital, and is now Executive Vice President and CFO of LifePoint Health, which operates over 70 hospital campuses in 20 states. He has a unique perspective on leadership that he shares with us in this episode.

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  • What Leif believes a good leader does to create a good work environment
  • Why he starts with the details
  • What makes a leader not so effective
  • The challenges of leading in a high-growth industry
  • What LifePoint learned from past mistakes to create a new team
  • Why he spends so much time in the field
  • How healthcare reform has changed the space that he works in
  • Why hospitals in small towns is so important
  • The opportunities and challenges for young professionals today

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Christen Barber
Christen  BarberEpisode 21: Jan. 05, 2016

Christen  Barber

Episode 21: Jan. 05, 2016

Social Media 101

Christen Barber is a Strategist with CreateDigital.com. She gives us an introduction to social media and how it can be a viable marketing channel for businesses. Social media is a mystery for many businesses, but the best brands are making it a big part of their overall marketing and sales strategies. Christen helps us unpack this hugely popular sector and uncover some secrets to staying ahead on social.

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  • How social media can be used in ways many people don't realize
  • Why you need to monitor social media and decide a strategy before you just create accounts on all the channels
  • Why Facebook is the largest social network
  • How Twitter works as a niche community and a customer relationship tool
  • What to do in a social media crisis and how to look at it as an opportunity
  • How much CEOs should be involved in the company's social media
  • Where to start on social if you are new

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Phil Heavilin
Phil  HeavilinEpisode: 20: Dec. 29, 2015

Phil  Heavilin

Episode: 20: Dec. 29, 2015

New Year, New Job

For many people, the New Year brings the start of a new job search or new career challenge. Phil Heavilin has served as a career coach for the past 10 years, and can help you create a strategy for seeking a career in business. Phil is the Director of Career Advising & Education at the Center for Career Management at the College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

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  • Why New Year's is a natural time for people to think about a new job
  • How to do self-reflection in order to see where you are and where you want to go
  • Why it is important to get feedback from professionals who are in the field that you want to be in
  • How to develop a marketing plan for your career, including your resume, LinkedIn profile, and more
  • How LinkedIn can help you network even when you are not
  • Why the cover letters are important but not too important
  • What to do with gaps in your resume
  • How to stay positive during the long job search

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Taylor Reveley
Taylor  ReveleyEpisode 19: Dec. 22, 2015

Taylor  Reveley

Episode 19: Dec. 22, 2015

The Role of the College President

Taylor Reveley is the President of The College of William & Mary. Like the CEO of a company, the president must consider areas such as customers, bottom-line, the media, technology, and more. In this episode, we talk about the leadership and skills needed in order to be a college president, and the challenges and opportunities that college presidents face today.

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  • The things that are crucial to be a good college president
  • Why you need to hire effectively in order to increase your reach
  • How much time you spend communicating on the behalf of the university
  • What a typical day looks like for a college president
  • The changes that have happened recently to the role of the president and college landscape in general
  • How he came from a line of college presidents
  • Why fundraising is a huge part of the president's job

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Mike Burniston
Mike  BurnistonEpisode 18: Dec. 15, 2015

Mike  Burniston

Episode 18: Dec. 15, 2015

The HR Environment

Mike Burniston is senior partner at Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments. He helps his clients approach and manage their workforce decisions. In this episode, we discuss the challenges facing HR today, how millennials have shifted the conversation, and more.

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  • How HR executives are spending their time today
  • What it takes to hire new people
  • Why HR executives are spending time trying to drive down costs
  • The challenging aspects of talent acquisition
  • Why millennials tend to stay on a job for only three to four years
  • How engagement is a big topic in HR today
  • Why companies today need to figure out what talent they will need in the future
  • How retirements have changed

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Inga Carboni
Inga  CarboniEpisode 17: Dec. 08, 2015

Inga  Carboni

Episode 17: Dec. 08, 2015

Strategic Networking

Dr. Inga Carboni is an expert at networking and managing networks, and teaches others how to successfully manage the networks in their lives. She is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

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  • What are leadership networks?
  • What it means to design a strategic network
  • Why social capital is so important
  • How the higher up you are in the organization, the more time you should spend on interacting with people
  • Why you need to give to the people you want to network with
  • Why the quantity of relationships is not as important as the quality
  • Some of the challenges of strategic networking
  • How active listening is a key to networking

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Ed Coleman
Ed  ColemanEpisode 16: Dec. 01, 2015

Ed  Coleman

Episode 16: Dec. 01, 2015

Advice on Leading a Turnaround

Ed Coleman has led many turnarounds. He's a member of the Board of Directors at Lexmark International, former CEO of Unisys, Gateway, and CompuCom, who successfully led these companies through significant transformations. Today Ed Coleman shares advice about how to approach and lead a turnaround.

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  • What excites Ed about turnaround
  • The skill set needed in order to lead a turnaround
  • The importance of scale, scope, and structure in a turnaround
  • Why coming in from outside the business is important
  • Communication with the team and how to approach it
  • How to set realistic goals
  • How to persuade the team to align with your goals
  • The biggest challenges Ed has faced coming into a turnaround situation

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Max  Rapp
Max  RappEpisode 15: Nov. 24, 2015

Max   Rapp

Episode 15: Nov. 24, 2015

Open Innovation and Its Benefits to Organizations

Open Innovation helps organizations use internal and external sources to improve and grow. HYVE is an innovation company in Munich Germany that uses an open innovation approach. Max Rapp is Team Lead for Innovation Campaigns in North America at HYVE, and he joins us on the podcast to discuss Open Innovation and more.

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  • What is open innovation?
  • Why open innovation is not a new invention
  • The 3 things companies want when they work with Hyve
    1. Research and Development
    2. Marketing Departments
    3. Human Resources
  • A case study of how open innovation was used in a contest
  • Why some companies use an online community for a source of smart people to hire
  • How open innovation can work within a company without letting the competition know

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Mike Savage
Mike  SavageEpisode 14: Nov. 17, 2015

Mike  Savage

Episode 14: Nov. 17, 2015

Digital Marketing

Mike Savage is Vice President for Marketing Solutions at DirectMail.com. He's worked with some of the world's top brands. In this episode, he shares his insights on digital marketing and how it affects customers and businesses.

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  • What DirectMail.com does
  • How he helps people engage customers and get new ones
  • What he does to leverage data and insight to drive decisions
  • How to define direct marketing and how it has moved in the digital realm
  • The big changes that have happened in digital marketing:
    1. Omnichannel - the ability to communicate with a customer over multiple platforms
    2. Integration - integration within budgets and departments in companies
    3. Customer Relationship Management - tools for managing and analyzing customer relationships
  • How much businesses should be spending on marketing
  • What is the next big thing in digital marketing

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Margaret Liptay
Margaret  LiptayEpisode 13: Nov. 10, 2015

Margaret  Liptay

Episode 13: Nov. 10, 2015

Leadership Presence

Margaret Liptay is a certified leadership coach and CEO of MLC Consulting. She works with leaders to help them with "leadership presence," something she believes is vital to success as a leader. Learn what leadership presence is in this episode, and why it is so important.

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  • What a leadership coach does
  • How Margaret defines leadership presence
  • The qualities of a present leader
  • The 3 important parts of being a great leader
  • How to get feedback about how you are doing as a leader
  • Why emerging managers often hijack themselves
  • How feedback from a coach can be so important
  • Why listening is one of the most important skills a leader can have
  • What is energy of voice
  • The exchange of information in a multi-generational workforce

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Strauss Zelnick
Strauss  ZelnickEpisode 12: Nov. 03, 2015

Strauss  Zelnick

Episode 12: Nov. 03, 2015

Evolution of a Leader

Strauss Zelnick is founder and CEO of Zenick Media Capital, a company that executes private equity investments in the media and communication industry. He's been a leader at 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and more. Listen in to learn how to evolve as a leader, why you have to make tough calls, and what to do if you're at the start of your career.

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  • What leadership means to Strauss
  • Why it is important to know what you want
  • What he has learned about being a leader from being a young leader to a more seasoned one
  • Why communication is important and what role it plays in leadership
  • How the very best leaders are great listeners
  • The difference between leading and managing
  • Why Strauss is so passionate about his field
  • Why he is so focused on being efficient and the time management skills he has
  • What advice Strauss gives to young, educated people

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Bin Mu
Bin  MuEpisode 11: Oct. 27, 2015

Bin  Mu

Episode 11: Oct. 27, 2015

Big Data

Data Analytics is a fast-growing area of business. Bin Mu is a Chief Data Scientist at MetLife, and he explains data analytics and the need for data scientists in today's business world.

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  • How Bin defines the field of data analytics
  • Why businesses today are looking for a science-based decision making process
  • What analytics Bin does for MetLife
  • What data scientists do and the 4 responsibilities many data scientists have today
  • The need for data scientists today and what kind of people they look for
  • About the Business Analytics programs that universities are launching
  • Where Bin sees the industry going in the future

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Mark Shenkman
Mark  ShenkmanEpisode 10: Oct. 20, 2015

Mark  Shenkman

Episode 10: Oct. 20, 2015

Insight from an Entrepreneur

Mark Shenkman is a highly successful professional in the financial services industry. He's president, chief investment officer, and director at Shenkman Capital Management. We discuss entrepreneurship and his business philosophy in this episode.

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  • Why entrepreneurship should be the backbone of business education
  • How Mark's father taught him
  • The principles Mark has to be successful
  • Why to employ nice people
  • Why integrity is so important
  • What he writes down every December
  • How he measures accomplishments
  • Why conventional wisdom is always wrong
  • How to make decisions as a leader

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John Hyman
John  HymanEpisode 9: Oct. 13, 2015

John  Hyman

Episode 9: Oct. 13, 2015

The World of Wealth Management

John Hyman is CEO of Algonquin Advisors. The company manages the financial portfolios of high net-worth individuals. Listen in to learn more about the wealth management field and the role that investment advisors play.

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  • What does wealth management mean?
  • What his typical day looks like
  • Why they have a small number of clients
  • The research that he has to do on the financial side
  • The new opportunities for investing
  • Why the business is very different than when he entered the business
  • What young people coming into the business should know
  • How he works with customers
  • What they don't do advertising
  • What they outsource and how they deal with regulations
  • How they deal with ethics

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Maureen Brille
Maureen  BrilleEpisode 8: Oct. 07, 2015

Maureen  Brille

Episode 8: Oct. 07, 2015

Working with an Executive Recruiter

Maureen Brille is the Managing Director of Executive Recruiting at Bay Street Advisors. She's a self-titled "headhunter" with years of experience in growing businesses and helping people navigate their careers. Listen in to find out why and how you should form a relationship with a recruiting firm and take responsibility for your career.

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  • What it means to be a headhunter
  • Why so much of the business is based on relationships
  • How she helps companies grow and change their lives
  • Why people should speak with a recruiter to enhance their career
  • Advice for people in the business world for how to work with a recruiter
  • Why you have to think ahead and take responsibility for your career
  • The hot trend of in-house recruiting for some bigger firms
  • Advice for people in the early stages of their career
  • Why not to sweat the resume

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Tim Murray
Tim  MurrayEpisode 7: Sept. 29, 2015

Tim  Murray

Episode 7: Sept. 29, 2015

Communicating Change

Leaders must be skilled at being the face of change. Tim Murray has worked with thousands of employees to take his company Alba to the next level. He's been the CEO since 2012, and been at Alba since 2007. Listen in to learn how to communicate change.

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  • What it means to be the face of change
  • How to meet face to face with thousands of employees
  • Speaking vs. Listening when trying to make change
  • The philosophy of the CEO to the worker
  • What types of communication you can take
  • How to plan for change
  • The preparation he does for a formal speech
  • Why honesty with employees is important

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Nicolas Boël
Nicolas  BoëlEpisode 6: Sept. 25, 2015

Nicolas  Boël

Episode 6: Sept. 25, 2015

Adapting Your Leadership Style

Nicolas Boël has worked in North America and Europe, and shares with us the difference in leadership styles on the two continents. He runs a family business that was started by his ancestors, and also talks about working with family in this episode. He is the Chairman of the Board of Solvay SA.

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  • Why Europe has a different leadership culture than America, and why the cultures are different
  • How the US is an optimistic country
  • How to earn trust in the business community in Europe
  • Why the pace of work in the world is so fast these days
  • About globalization and what technology has changed
  • The challenges of running a family business
  • Why defining and clarifying roles in a business is very important

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Dawn Edmiston
Dawn  EdmistonEpisode 5: Sept. 22, 2015

Dawn  Edmiston

Episode 5: Sept. 22, 2015

Building Your Personal Brand

Dawn Edmiston is a professor of Marketing and knows how important our online reputations are. She discusses how to make sure your online presence is looking its best for future employers, and how to start managing your reputation on the Internet.

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  • What is your personal brand?
  • How to develop a personal brand promise and why it is important
  • How to develop your profile on LinkedIn
  • Why buying yourname.com is important
  • What to put on your LinkedIn profile and what not to include
  • What other social media channels you should use to promote your personal brand
  • How LinkedIn can work for you
  • How much time to spend on social media

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Bay McLaughlin
Bay  McLaughlinEpisode 4: Sept. 18, 2015

Bay  McLaughlin

Episode 4: Sept. 18, 2015

The Life of the American Ex Pat

Bay McLaughlin left the USA to try his luck in the Asian Startup world, and he succeeded. Learn from his experience as he details the cultural changes and challenges of becoming an ex-pat.

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  • About Brink, the company that Bay works for
  • How Bay worked for Apple in Silicon Valley
  • Why he went sight-unseen to China
  • How he learns Mandarin
  • The cultural changes he had to adapt to
  • The mistakes he made when he moved to Asia
  • Why a small number of families built many Asian countries
  • The pace of life in Asia vs the West
  • Why building culture is so important
  • How to go to China and stay there

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Dr. Kelly Crace
Dr. Kelly  CraceEpisode 3: Sept. 15, 2015

Dr. Kelly  Crace

Episode 3: Sept. 15, 2015

How to Handle Stress

Dr. Kelly Crace is a psychologist and the Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness at the College of William & Mary. He studied stress and helps athletes, students, and teams understand the types of stress and how to deal with them.

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  • Kelly's role in stress management on the William & Mary campus
  • Why the belief that stress is bad is a myth
  • The two components of stress
  • How to hold fear in a productive way
  • What tools successful people employ
  • Why values are your purest form of motivation
  • The spectrum of perfectionism and procrastination
  • How trust trumps fear with the right mindset
  • What meditation does for stress and success
  • How the work world has changed
  • Redefining what wellness really is
  • What to do if you have a high level of stress

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Joe Cohen
Joe  CohenEpisode 2: Sept. 11, 2015

Joe  Cohen

Episode 2: Sept. 11, 2015

The Evolution of Public Relations

Joe Cohen is the immediate past Chair of the Public Relations Society of America. He's also athe Senior Vice President for Communication with KIND Healthy Snacks in New York City. We chat with Joe about the new role of PR professionals and how social media has changed the industry

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  • Joe's time as a co-interim CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • Why social media caused a paradigm shift within Public Relations
  • How the world of media consumption has changed
  • About KIND and how he got involved with the company
  • How KIND is a purpose-driven brand and what they do to give back
  • Why they are very transparent with the press at KIND
  • Relationship building is still very important in PR
  • How Content is king
  • What small businesses can do to get started in PR
  • What we will see for the future of PR

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Dave Cote
Dave  CoteEpisode 1: Sept. 09, 2015

Dave  Cote

Episode 1: Sept. 09, 2015

Advice from a World Class CEO

Dave Cote is the chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc. Dave became chairman of the board in 2002 and is now one of the highest paid executives in America. Mr. Cote discusses what makes a good leader as well as the roles of CEOs in companies and why it's important to grow into positions.

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  • Fad-surfing - What it is and why to avoid it as a leader
  • The role the CEO plays in getting things moving.
  • Why picking metrics can be misleading
  • Managing the e-mail onslaught and the challenges of a hyper connected world
  • The media and why we see Dave Cote featured so often
  • Why leaders should have their internal story be the same as their external story
  • How Dave Cote “grew into” the position of CEO at Honeywell
  • Why working as an hourly employee in a factory was important for his role as a CEO
The Three Things that Make Up Good Leadership:
  1. Ability to Motivate a Large Group of People - 5%
  2. Ability to Pick the Right Direction
  3. Get Everybody Moving Step-by-Step in that Direction

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