All posts by David Alan Grier

17150: Technologies, Organizations & Shoes

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How does technology alter organizations? Not a straightforward question, especially if you are looking to the future. We know a few basic ideas and can reason our way to some useful conclusions. We know that technology expands markets. We know that it shifts knowledge across an organization. We know that it reallocates power. In this podcast, we discuss the implications of these ideas, as well as learn some important lessons on the shoe derivative market.

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Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Harvey from Lapin Partners: Ron Bianchi

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17602: We Read It So You Don’t Have To – Enterprise Architecture

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Three questions. What is Enterprise Architecture? Does it have anything to do with the Starship Enterprise? And why should we care? Rohit from IT joins the podcast in this episode to explore this idea on one of our “We Read It So You Don’t Have To” episodes.

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Cast:

Rohit from IT: Noah Masur

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17191: Maddie: the 8-old Entrepreneur – Part 1

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When you are trying to explain the subtleties of organizational politics or the nature of corporate governance, or the difficulty of making strategic decisions, nothing is more useful than an 8-year old entrepreneur.

Little did we know that she would become so central to podcast but she was the product of a need, a talented actor and a moment of inspiration.

Maddie was an afterthought, a character invented to fill an episode but quickly she became the way of exploring the mind of young CEOs. She had no fear. She did things because she could.She had a hard time shaking a minor grudge and yet would be distracted by a puppy. Underneath all of that was a leader who was trying to find her way.

In this episode, we have assembled and re-editted some of the first stories, so that you can appreciate how she thinks and how we all become leaders.

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyne the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Airport Official: Josh LaForce

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17145: Building a Staff for a Tech Company – Bits & People

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It’s like a blind date. Only worse. With a date you have the presence of hope shackled only by the vaguest of required qualifications. But like a date, a tech company staff has to be created today with the changing future ever in mind. And the results are not always pretty.

Maddie is hiring the staff for her startup with Vinny receiving, but not approving, her ideas. Steps are tentative. Plans are in process. Perhaps the worse part of it is that she is trying to launch a new service and isn’t completely clear about how that service will organize her customers – or her community, if you wish to take an idealist view of things.

In the process, Maddie has to face her old nemesis and ask “How does a real CEO behave?”

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Cast:

Maddie: Zoe Anastasiou

Penelope Othmar, Principal: Debbon Ayer

Vinny the CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Evelyn the Business Manager: Margaux Amie

Sean with a Resume: Margaux Amie

Sullivan from PR: Josh LaForce

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17122: Jugaad Innovation – We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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We Read It So You Don’t Have To. We regularly look at new books on technology or organization. Today, we look at an Indian book on Jugaad Innovation and ask “How is it really different from an American book?” Jameela, our Bangalore Office Manager, as always, has ideas. Lots of ideas.

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Cast:

Jameela from Bangalore: Sonam Powar

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17140: Real Foresight

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Can we really foresee the future? How can we plan for new ideas, new innovations, new disruptions? Founding co-host Tamara Carleton to explain her system of Foresight while Anna and Rohit try to understand, as best as they can, what she is saying.

And then, there is that problem with the Gummy Bears. Artisanal Gummy Bears.

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Expert:

Tamara Carleton, Founding Cohost

Cast:

Anna-the-Intern: Sarah Corbyn Woolf

Rohit-from-IT: Noah Masur

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The Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation: An Introduction

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We started it as a joke and then it became more and more important to our approach to teaching agility, governance and innovation.  In our podcast, the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation is the neighborhood school for our Silicon Valley Office.  But what a neighborhood school is.  The Gilbreth School takes our youngest entrepreneurs and turns them into disruptive technology leaders. If economic innovation is our national credo, then the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School is the fount of that belief.  It allows us to ask how we conceive technological progress and consider the costs we pay as we pursue that goal.

The Principle of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School, explains the curricula.

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Cast:

Penelope Othmar the Principle: Debbon Ayer

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17135: The Agile Board

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Agility begins at home. Or more to the point, it begins with the board. Too often, companies are organized conventionally and then the CEO tries to make the Agile by applying various tricks and procedures. As Vinny argues in today’s episode, you really need to start at the top, think of the company as a whole, and start by understanding the claims and obligations of all parties.

It is a little crazy, we do admit, to build a company for an 8-year-old Entrepreneur. But it is not crazy to ask how your CEO will grow into the leadership demands of the organization.

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Cast:

Evelyn-the-Business-Manager: Margaux Amie

Sully-from-Poliy & PR: Josh LaForce

Vinny-the-CTO: Geoffrey Grier

Penelope-the-Principal: Debbon Ayer

Maddie-the-8-year-old-Entrepreneur: Zoe Anastassiou

Delores Payne-Perkins: Margaux Amie

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