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Six Pixels of Separation - Mitch Joel’s weekly conversation with business leaders, thinkers, innovators and cultural icons. The show is about insights and provocations on brands, consumers, technology, business and how connected we’ve all become.




Six Pixels of Separation - Mitch Joel’s weekly conversation with business leaders, thinkers, innovators and cultural icons. The show is about insights and provocations on brands, consumers, technology, business and how connected we’ve all become.








SPOS #899 – Cara Brookins On Getting Unstuck

Welcome to episode #899 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #899. Have you heard the story about the mom who built her own home with her four kids using YouTube videos? That's my friend, Cara Brookins. Cara built software systems for 20 years as a software architect, but when her life crumbled around her, she turned herself into a builder and architect of a different kind… With no construction experience, Cara and her children built a 3,500 square foot house from the ground up by watching YouTube tutorials. Convinced that by building a house, they could rebuild their broken family, she and her kids poured the concrete, framed the walls, and laid the bricks. In the end, they had built a two-story, five-bedroom home. Using real-life examples from her unconventional construction site, Cara now helps organizations by focusing on teamwork, perseverance, and the resilience in each of us to overcome incredible odds. Her tactics of self-empowerment show how to blend an imperfect mix of personalities, talents, and temperaments into a cohesive, unstoppable team. While her story went viral in more than 75 countries and has been viewed more than two billion times, Cara has become a go-to expert for getting people unstuck and moving on their projects in business and beyond. Her first non-fiction book, Rise, is a must-read memoir that traces her family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves. Her latest book, Unstuck - End Procrastination Using The Ancient Psychology Behind How-To Videos, offers the tools your team (and you) can use to overcome procrastination and reshape the way you think about productivity. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:15. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterCara Brookins.Unstuck - End Procrastination Using The Ancient Psychology Behind How-To Videos.Rise.Cara on InstagramCara on LinkedInCara on XDavid Usher


SPOS #898 – Michael Bungay Stanier On How To Build The Best Possible Relationships

Welcome to episode #898 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #898. When it comes to unearthing the real power of coaching and getting the best out of people and the work that they do, few people make it as accessible, engaging and smart as Michael Bungay Stanier. He's both a good friend and a perpetual fountain of wisdom. You might already be familiar with Michael's breakthrough book, The Coaching Habit. It's a tome that's shifted the paradigm for managers and leaders by emphasizing the art of asking the right questions over doling out advice. But that's not where his literary journey ends (and that book has sold well over a million copies). Michael has also authored The Advice Trap, Do More Great Work, How To Begin, and his latest, How To Work With (Almost) Anyone. His work always expands on the importance of navigating complex conversations and leadership scenarios. His works are more than just books - they’re guideposts for those eager to be more intentional, impactful, and, yes, humane, in how they lead. Michael's approach to coaching (and life) is built on the premise that less is often more. He steers clear of abstract jargon and cuts straight to the chase, delivering insights that you can actually implement the moment you step out of our podcast realm and back into your daily grind. His philosophy aligns well with what we’ve always emphasized here on Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast — knowledge isn't just for keeping... it's for doing. With that, grab your notebook (you’re going to want to jot down the gold nuggets he shares), and get ready for an insightful ride. Lastly, Michael is also available to bring his wisdom into your everyday meetings, lunch & learns, and client events at ThinkersOne. As Michael often says, "Stay curious!" Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:05:51. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterMichael Bungay StanierHow To Work With (Almost) Anyone. The Coaching Habit. The Advice Trap. Do More Great Work. How To Begin.Michael on ThinkersOneMichael on InstagramMichael on LinkedInMichael on XDavid Usher


SPOS #897 - Marcus Collins On Brands, Culture And The Path Forward

Welcome to episode #897 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #897. Meet Dr. Marcus Collins, a dynamic brand and marketing figure who has immersed himself in understanding the profound influence of culture on human behavior. Leveraging a rich background that spans roles as a clinical professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and he's the head of strategy at Wieden+Kennedy, New York, Marcus utilizes his deep insights to bridge the gap between theory and practice, helping individuals leverage cultural understanding to induce action. Marcus's acclaim in the advertising and business realms is evident through his multiple recognitions, including a spot in the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, and featured on Thinkers50 class of 2023 Radar List, among others. His strategic and creative endeavors have breathed life into notable campaigns such as "Cliff Paul" for State Farm and Google's "Real Tone" technology. Before stepping into the advertising arena, Marcus co-founded a startup in the music and tech sphere, leading initiatives at giants like Apple and crafting digital strategies for the iconic Beyoncé. More recently, Marcus shares his wealth of knowledge in his bestselling book, For The Culture. I loved reading this book. It delves deep into the nexus between culture and human tendencies. Drawing from a vast reservoir of literature, case studies, and first-hand experiences, Marcus offers readers a roadmap to foster culturally contagious ideas that resonate and induce movement. If you're wondering about the state of brands, how culture impacts sales, and where the ideal communities are, take a listen. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:11:29. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterDr. Marcus Collins.For The Culture.Wieden+Kennedy.Marcus on X/TwitterMarcus on LinkedInMarcus on InstagramDavid Usher


SPOS #896 – Zeynep Ton On The Case For Good Jobs

Welcome to episode #896 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #896. Renowned scholar and dynamic force in the business academia and consulting world, Zeynep Ton has dedicated her career to scrutinizing the nuances of operational management through a lens that values not just the customers and investors but the employees who are often regarded as mere cogs in the wheel. With her home base at the MIT Sloan School of Management, she leverages her role as a Professor to delve deep into the symbiotic relationship between employee satisfaction, customer service, and investor returns. Her insightful research has graced the pages of prestigious publications like the Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, and Production and Operations Management, making her a formidable voice in the business analysis sphere. Before her tenure at MIT Sloan, Zeynep honed her craft at Harvard Business School for seven years, earning accolades for her exceptional teaching acumen. In 2014, Zeynep pulled together a decade and a half of rigorous research in her ground-breaking book titled, The Good Jobs Strategy - How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits. This work not just chalked out but vivaciously argued that a blueprint of superior returns and outstanding service is incomplete without weaving in investment in employee well-being with operational strategies that spur productivity and morale. Now, she's back with her latest book, The Case for Good Jobs - How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Work. It feels like perfect timing for a book like this, if you look at the workforce and how the economy is moving. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:07. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterZeynep Ton. The Case for Good Jobs. The Good Jobs Strategy.Zeynep on LinkedInZeynep on X/TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #895 – Michael Geist On Meta Blocking News Links And The Future Of Media

Welcome to episode #895 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #895. When it comes to the digital economy, the law and the media, everyone should be following Dr. Michael Geist. Now, more than ever, his voice may be the only "truth" we are seeing in the media as Canada deals with the massive fallout that is Bill C-18 (Canada's Online News Act). My primer on this ridiculous law is here: Big Tech, Big Media, Big Trouble And Big Lies. With that, the issues (and opportunity) bleed well beyond the borders of Canada and should strike fear into anyone interested in our global digital economy. For a long while, Michael has been reshaping the landscape of Internet and E-commerce Law from his academic pulpit at the University of Ottawa. With credentials that read like an academic's dream — degrees from Osgoode Hall, Cambridge, and Columbia — he's not just dissecting law... he's writing it, in real-time, for a digital age. You've likely stumbled upon his incisive columns, where he distills complex technology law issues into digestible wisdom. But wait, there's more. Michael is the maestro behind a slew of copyright books that are nothing short of revolutionary. Titles like, The Copyright Pentalogy, and, In the Public Interest, are shaking the foundations of Canadian copyright law, carving out a new roadmap for the digital era. He's not just penning books... he's also editing monthly technology law publications and running a blog that's become a go-to resource on Internet and intellectual property issues. Michael's reach isn't confined to academia or print... he's a boardroom staple too. Whether it's Ingenium, Internet Archive Canada, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation, his advisory skills are in high demand. He's even steering the digital strategy for Waterfront Toronto, leading it into uncharted technological waters. His influence is such that he was named among the 50 most impactful people on intellectual property globally and among the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, multiple years running. Why does Michael matter? Because in a world wrestling with the ethics and laws of a digital frontier, he's the sage we didn't know we needed, but can't afford to ignore. We dig deep into the media landscape, the mis-step of the government, why Meta proactively decided to no longer allow users to post links out to news websites, and why everyone (no matter where you live) should be paying attention to what Meta, Google and others technology companies are doing. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:13:16. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterDr. Michael Geist.Michael’s BlogLaw Bytes on SubstackThe Copyright Pentalogy.In the Public Interest.LinkedInTwitter/XDavid Usher


SPOS #894 – Dr. Karl Moore On Leadership And Business Across Generations

Welcome to episode #894 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #894. When you live in a city like Montreal, you often get introduced to people who have both "done the work" and are eager to stay connected. A long while back, I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Karl Moore. And, over the years, we have become friends who often run into one another on the streets of Montreal. With a distinguished position at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management and over 25 years as a Fellow at the University of Oxford, Dr. Karl Moore is no stranger to the leadership pulse of today's world. His interaction with CEOs and the new-gen leaders, the millennials and Gen Zs, is not just cursory — it's insightful. Karl's exploration into the world of CEOs started with his Ph.D., leading him to study leadership dynamics and strategic evolution. His McGill MBA course, CEO Insights, has become a unique conduit for 31 CEOs to share wisdom each fall, morphing over eight years into the highly-acclaimed The CEO Series on Bell Media's CJAD radio station. These engaging one-on-one interviews with prominent CEOs find their way into Forbes and Les Affaires, magnifying his reach and insight. Having collaborated with the legendary Henry Mintzberg for two decades on various leadership programs and having seasoned his expertise with eleven years at IBM and Hitachi, Karl's journey into academia reflects depth and innovation. His five-year faculty stint at Oxford's Said Business School adds another rich layer to his profile. Karl recently published his tenth book, Ok Boomers - Working with Millennials and Zs - a discerning look into the dynamic between generations in leadership. His subsequent work, We Are All Ambiverts Now, based on over 750 interviews with C-suite executives, promises to continue the conversation. His recent talk at Harvard and annual teaching at Stanford stand as testimonials to his profound impact on business thinking. Karl's nomination for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership Category acknowledges him as a leading thinker in his field. In the panorama of business leadership and academia, Karl stands as a thought leader, bridging generational insights and pioneering change. Let's dig deep into the world of business, our economy and culture. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:06. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterProfessor Karl Moore.Ok Boomers - Working with Millennials and Zs.We Are All Ambiverts Now,.The CEO Series.Karl on LinkedInKarl on Twitter or XDavid Usher


SPOS #893 – Robert Glazer On Elevating Yourself (And Your Team)

Welcome to episode #893 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #893. Founder and Chairman of Acceleration Partners, Robert Glazer, has become a significant figure in the realm of global partner marketing. With a knack for entrepreneurship and a passion for excellence, he led his company to a recognizable position in the industry, establishing best-in-class processes for client acquisition, retention, culture, and service. Under Bob's leadership, Acceleration Partners achieved an annual growth rate of 30% over 10 years, receiving over 25 industry and company culture awards. Bob’s portfolio includes extensive experience in digital monetization, customer acquisition, e-commerce, and direct-to-consumer marketing. He has been instrumental on both the buyer and seller side of M&A and served as a board advisor to several high-growth companies. He extends his influence beyond the corporate sphere through his popular weekly inspirational newsletter, Friday Forward, reaching over 300,000 individuals across 60+ countries. Bob's voice resonates as the author of six books, and he hosts the Elevate Podcast. In a world where individuals often pay for things with regrets, Bob exemplifies a disciplined approach. His combination of professional innovation, thoughtful leadership, and personal integrity stands as a beacon in today’s business landscape, embodying a legacy of transformative success. His story encourages us all to strive for continuous growth, both in our careers and personal lives, fostering a strong sense of empathy and community-driven success. His latest book, Elevate Your Team - Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders, is the sequel to Elevate. Bob shares his professional journey and realization at Acceleration Partners during its rapid growth. He provides a playbook for navigating the delicate balance of improving team performance, retaining talent, and nurturing future leaders without inducing burnout. The book serves as a manual for the new era of leadership, focusing on building people rather than wearing them out. It offers actionable strategies to help leaders enhance their skills and enables their teams to reach full potential, creating a results-oriented, learning-driven culture that adapts to the company's ever-evolving growth needs. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:09. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterRobert Glazer,.Elevate Your Team - Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders.Elevate.Friday Forward.Elevate Podcast.Acceleration Partners.Bob on LinkedInBob on InstagramBob on Twitter or XDavid Usher


SPOS #892 – Laura Gassner Otting On Finding Success In Wonderhell

Welcome to episode #892 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #892. Friend, author, speaker, thinker and executive coaching powerhouse, Laura Gassner Otting, is not just a catalyst but a virtuoso of ambition. She is someone who traded law school for a spot on a presidential campaign, she’s shaped history, and now, she's sculpting futures (yours and mine). How? By challenging the mediocrity that binds us to our comfort zones. From the White House to her own executive search firm, she’s navigated change like a seasoned captain steering through turbulent seas (and the work world just got much more turbulent). Laura built one of the swiftest-growing search firms, becoming the ally to dreamers and doers across all shades of ambition. Selling her firm was no swan song. It was a crescendo to new heights. These days, Laura’s not just seen on Good Morning America or the Today Show... she's felt in the hearts of her readers, in boardrooms, and on stages. With books like Limitless and her latest, Wonderhell, she’s become the ringleader of a movement and community. Her philosophy? It's not about pursuing success but about defining it. It's a journey from profit to purpose, wrapped up in big ideas, larger-than-life goals, and an audacity that’s contagious. Her community work isn't a footnote... it's a testament. Building schools, running marathons, igniting political action - these aren't hobbies, they're hallmarks of someone ignited by big challenges and bigger ideas. Rebel? Sure. Instigator? Absolutely. Provocateur? Without a doubt. Laura's the embodiment of business acumen with a twist of revolution, served up with a side of ceaseless determination. Let's dig into how we can all be limitless in our dreams without getting trapped in Wonderhell. Before we do, I’m also honored that Laura is one of our Thinkers on the ThinkersOne platform. Want to add big smarts to your meeting? Get personalized video experiences from top Thinkers like Laura to surprise and inspire your team – in-person, hybrid, or virtual! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:14. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterLaura Gassner OttingWonderhell.Limitless.LGOtvLaura’s newsletterThinkersOneLaura on FacebookLaura on LinkedInLaura on InstagramLaura on X (or Twitter)David Usher


SPOS #891 – Joanne Lipman On How To Find Your Next

Welcome to episode #891 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #891. Journalist, media executive and author, Joanne Lipman, is back with a great new book, Next! - The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work (many know her from her previous effort, That's What She Said). Joanne is revered for her innovative leadership across various high-profile media institutions, including USA Today, USA Today Network, Conde Nast Portfolio, and The Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal. Her editorial acumen has guided these organizations to earn a total of six Pulitzer Prizes. Starting her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Joanne shattered glass ceilings to become the first woman Deputy Managing Editor. During her tenure, she orchestrated the creation of Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, leading coverage that garnered three Pulitzer Prizes. Further solidifying her "star editor" reputation, as termed by CNN, Joanne was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio (which was a great business magazine), winning National Magazine and Loeb Awards. In 2015, Lipman achieved another milestone by becoming Gannett's first Chief Content Officer. As the Editor-in-Chief of USA Today and USA Today Network, she skillfully managed over 3,000 journalists across 109 metro newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press and the Arizona Republic. Under her leadership, the network clinched three additional Pulitzer Prizes. Beyond her editorial roles, Joanne is an accomplished speaker, television commentator, and an on-air contributor at CNBC. She shares her vast journalistic experience as a lecturer at Yale University and has been honored as the inaugural Distinguished Journalism Fellow at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. She has also co-authored the highly praised musical memoir, Strings Attached. Her vast accomplishments aptly justify The New York Times' portrayal of her as the "innovator in chief." Joanne explains that her latest book, Next!, is the ultimate guide to reinventing how you live, work and lead, backed by cutting-edge science and inspiring true stories. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:28. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterJoanne Lipman.Next! - The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work.That's What She Said.Strings Attached.Joanne on TwitterJoanne on InstagramJoanne on LinkedInDavid Usher


SPOS #890 – Pico Iyer On The Search For Paradise, Solitude And Society

Welcome to episode #890 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #890. I often think of Pico Iyer. It could be while I travel... it could be while we were in Covid lockdown. His words truly resonate with me on a very deep level. Pico is an acclaimed wordsmith who began his journey in Oxford, England. With the King’s Scholarship at Eton and a Demyship at Magdalen College, Oxford in his kitty, Pico's academic prowess earned him a Congratulatory Double First and the highest accolades in English Literature. In 1980, he joined the teaching fraternity at Harvard, earning a second Master's degree and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters. Since 1982, Pico has delved into full-time writing, weaving tales on diverse subjects from the Dalai Lama (a personal friend of his) to Islamic mysticism, and from the Cuban Revolution to globalism. His body of work encompasses over 15 books, including enduring bestsellers such as, Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and The Art of Stillness. These literary gems have been translated into over 20 languages, amplifying his voice across the globe. Besides his own titles, Pico has penned introductions for over 70 other books, composed a screenplay for Miramax, and written a libretto. Complementing his book writing, Pico has contributed upwards of 100 articles annually to international publications such as Time, The New York Times, and the Financial Times. His knack for insightful storytelling has led him to the TED stage (which is where we first met and connected), where his four talks have garnered more than 10 million views. Pico's life beautifully balances between solitude and society. Since 1992, he has divided his time between a Benedictine hermitage in Big Sur, California, a sanctuary that nurtures his craft, and suburban Japan, where he engages with the rhythm of daily life. His journey underscores the harmonious fusion of stillness and movement, solitude and engagement - a fitting testimony to the art he so eloquently writes about. His latest book, The Half Known Life - In Search Of Paradise, is one that I read with stillness and slowness... like a fine wine. Paradise is many things to many people, and this book is an incredible journey to uncover it. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:71:52. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterPico Iyer. The Half Known Life - In Search Of Paradise. Video Night in Kathmandu.The Lady and the Monk.The Art of Stillness.Pico’s TED TalksPico on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #889 – Kevin Kelly On Tech, Optimism And Living Well

Welcome to episode #889 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #889. Let's delve into the kaleidoscopic journey of Kevin Kelly, a titan of technology and innovation, who launched Wired magazine in 1993 (and happens to be one of my favorite writers and Thinkers about "what's next?"). After seven years as Executive Editor, he still holds the fort as Senior Maverick. Twice during his reign, Wired clinched the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence - the magazine industry's equivalent to Oscars. Flashback to 1984-1990, Kevin wore the hats of both publisher and editor of Whole Earth Review, a journal serving unconventional conceptual news. With Kevin at the helm, it earned the distinction of being the first consumer magazine to cover virtual reality, ecological restoration, and Internet culture, among other trend-setting topics. His 1988 creation, Signal, evaluated emerging digital technologies, effectively setting the stage for Wired magazine. Later, in 2003, he crafted the Cool Tools website to feature daily tool reviews, culminating in a bestseller book, and eventually, the weekly recommendation list, Recomendo, boasting over 60,000 subscribers (of which I am one... and never miss an issue). Kevin's early digital footprint can be traced back to 1985 when he helped lay the foundation for The WELL, one of the pioneers in forming online communities. His tech experiments didn't stop there - he launched Cyberthon in 1990, the first-ever 24-hour virtual reality event, and co-founded the annual Hackers' Conference. Kevin's pen dances across a variety of subjects, from machines turning biological (Out of Control, 1994) to digital economy rules (New Rules for the New Economy, 1998) and the inevitable technological trends of the future (The Inevitable, 2016). His works echo in pieces like 1000 True Fans, and his latest book, Excellent Advice For Living. With a knack for photography, Kevin's snapshots have found home in Life and other national magazines. His nomadic photography journeys culminated in a 3-volume magnum opus, Vanishing Asia, preserving the fading cultures of Asia through 9,000 pictures. As a founding board member of The Long Now Foundation, Kevin promotes long-term thinking, epitomized by their 10,000-year clock and library project. Kevin Kelly's journey illustrates a passion for innovation and an unyielding curiosity about the future. I couldn't be more excited to talk with him. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:49. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterKevin Kelly.Excellent Advice For Living.1000 True Fans.Recomendo.Cool Tools.Out of Control.New Rules for the New Economy.The Inevitable.Vanishing Asia.Wired.David Usher


SPOS #888 - Adam Alter On The Anatomy Of A Breakthrough

Welcome to episode #888 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #888. It always exciting to have Adam Alter back on the show. Adam is the scholarly sherpa navigating the neural networks of New York University's Stern School of Business. As an acclaimed Professor of Marketing and Robert Stansky Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow, he finds his second academic home in NYU's Psychology Department. Adam, however, is not confined to the halls of academia. He’s also a celebrated author whose ink has graced the pages of three bestsellers, exploring the compelling world of behavioral addiction, subconscious influences and how to get unstuck. In his book Irresistible, Adam delves into our modern-day addiction epidemic, examining the compulsive behaviors attached to our smartphones, the internet, video games, and online shopping. Meanwhile, Drunk Tank Pink peels back the layers of our environment, unveiling the hidden forces that shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Adam's genius lies in his unique approach to social psychology and decision-making. He shines a spotlight on the surprising impacts of subtle environmental cues on human cognition and behavior. His fascinating findings have claimed their space in numerous academic journals and media outlets worldwide. His latest book (which I devoured), Anatomy of a Breakthrough, promises to free us from the shackles of our mind's inertia. Whether it’s a midlife crisis, writer's block, or a stagnant job, we all face friction that stymies our growth. But Adam's solution, the friction audit, could be the key to unlocking our full potential. By conquering friction in our heart (emotions), head (thoughts), and habit (behaviors), we can course-correct our journey to success. Through this brilliant blend of scientific research, personal stories, and inspiring examples, Adam reassures us: getting stuck is not a glitch, but a feature on the road to thriving. With the right strategies, we can all reach our loftiest goals. So, are you ready to break free? Before we do, I'm also honored that Adam is one of our Thinkers on the ThinkersOne platform. Want to add big smarts to your meeting? Get personalized video experiences from top Thinkers like Adam to surprise and inspire your team - in-person, hybrid, or virtual! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:36. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterAdam Alter.Anatomy of a Breakthrough.Irresistible.Drunk Tank Pink. Adam on ThinkersOneAdam on TwitterAdam on LinkedInDavid Usher


SPOS #887 – Tiffani Bova On The Experience And Growth Mindset

Welcome to episode #887 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #887. As Global Growth Evangelist at Salesforce, Tiffani Bova, is truly a visionary (driven by data, getting her hands dirty in client's work, and defining new ways to think about business). Tiffani has an audacious dedication to revolutionizing business perspectives, and she's the cerebral powerhouse behind two important books: Growth IQ and her latest, The Experience Mindset - Changing the Way You Think About Growth. Her track record and the accolades she's attracted speak to her acumen. She's been named to the Thinkers50's roster of top global management thinkers, has lent her insights to countless publications like Harvard Business Review and Duke University Dialogue Review, and she’s an intellectual force for students at Columbia University and Wharton. Tiffani also hosts her own podcast, What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova. She also carries the title of "influencer" via her social media channels on Twitter, LinkedIn and beyond. Inc. Magazine named her as of one the Top 100 Woman In Tech. Having inspired more than half a million people across six continents with over 850 keynote presentations, Tiffani's wisdom is universally sought. Prior to Salesforce, she was a distinguished figure in sales, marketing, and customer service, breaking new ground with innovative strategies for cloud-based solutions. Her tenure at Gartner won her the Thought Leadership award and admiration from tech's finest for her trailblazing strategies for sales and growth. I devoured The Experience Mindset. I love how it unpacks the disconnect that businesses have between their customer experience and their employee experience, in a world where the two must be intrinsically connected. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:13. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterTiffani Bova.The Experience Mindset - Changing the Way You Think About Growth.Growth IQ.What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova.Salesforce.Tiffani on LinkedInTiffani on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #886 – Freada Kapor Klein On Smarter Investing And Funding The Future

Welcome to episode #886 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #886. How can we change the way that businesses get funded? Are the best businesses actually getting funded? What about investments that truly have impact? Dr. Freada Kapor Klein and her husband, Mitch Kapor, are a dynamic duo striving to make the tech industry more diverse and inclusive. Both co-founders of Kapor Capital and the Kapor Center, they invest in tech startups that aim to dismantle the barriers of access for low-income communities and communities of color. Freada is the founder of SMASH, an organization that provides rigorous STEM education to low-income students of color across the U.S. She is also a vocal advocate against sexual coercion, a member of numerous influential councils, and the author of the revealing book, Giving Notice, which explores the hidden bias in workplaces. Adding to their shared legacy, Freada and Mitch have co-authored the book, Closing The Equity Gap, which offers insightful strategies to address the disparity in tech access among different socioeconomic groups. The book, echoing their combined mission, is an important step towards a more equitable tech landscape. Freada's huband, Mitch, is a stalwart of the personal computing industry and a savvy startup investor. He is the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3 (the spreadsheet!). He is also co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the founding Chair of Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser. In this episode, Freada explores the challenges of investing, the economy and how what we back in venture capital is a strong indication of how our communities will evolve. Enjoy the conversation.... Running time: 55:32. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterFreada Kapor Klein.Closing The Equity Gap. Giving Notice.Kapor Capital.Kapor Center.SMASH.Freada on LinkedInFreada on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #885 – Jonah Berger On The Magic Words Of Influence

Welcome to episode #885 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #885. Internationally acclaimed author and Wharton School professor, Jonah Berger, is a distinguished authority in natural language processing, consumer behavior, influence, and change. Renowned for his expertise on what makes trends stick, Berger has penned over 80 scholarly articles, conducted popular online courses, and had his groundbreaking work featured in notable outlets like The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. Jonah's keynotes, delivered at high-profile events like SXSW and Cannes Lions, along with his consultancy for tech giants and non-profits such as Apple, Google, Nike, Amazon, Moderna, and The Gates Foundation, provide practical insights into behavioral science, influence, and transformation. Jonah's prolific authorship, with millions of books sold globally, includes titles such as his latest, Magic Words, The Catalyst, Contagious, and Invisible Influence. These books focus on the power of language to persuade, how to act as a catalyst for change, the science behind virality, and the unseen forces that shape our behavior, respectively. Jonah's most recent book, Magic Words, is a guide to leveraging language for impact, revealing the words that influence action and inspire connection. The Catalyst presents a fresh perspective on change, highlighting the need to remove barriers rather than exerting more force. Contagious deciphers why certain products, services, and ideas go viral, offering practical guidance on crafting contagious content. Invisible Influence explores the covert forces that shape decisions, enabling readers to better motivate themselves and others. With multiple awards for teaching and research, and his contributions helping companies like Apple, Google, and Nike ensure their products and ideas become infectious, Jonah stands as a pillar in his field. A Stanford alumnus, he continues to redefine understanding in marketing and decision making. I'm also really proud that he is available to create bite-sized and personalized video experiences for your business through my new startup, ThinkersOne. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:59. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterJonah Berger.Magic Words.The Catalyst.Contagious.Invisible Influence.Jonah on ThinkersOneJonah on LinkedInJonah on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #884 - Kelly Richmond Pope On Whistleblowing, Fraud and Wild Rides

Welcome to episode #884 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #884. Meet Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, our guide through the shadowy labyrinth of financial fraud and the newest rockstar in the world of accounting (and yes, those words can go together). Kelly isn't your typical number cruncher - she's a bona fide detective of financial misdeeds, a virtuoso in the symphony of numbers, and a professor of Forensic Accounting at DePaul University. Gaining recognition from the AICPA and the CPA Practice Advisor, she's been listed among the top 25 most powerful women in accounting, and her expertise? Sniffing out the faintest whiff of financial fraud, dissecting corporate culture, and assessing compliance systems designed to tackle internal control challenges. With her knack for storytelling, she turned her research on executive misconduct into a fascinating documentary, All The Queen's Horses, a deep dive into the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. But it doesn't stop at films. Her TED Talk, How Whistle-blowers Shape History, has hit over 1.6 million views, helping organizations and individuals appreciate the power of internal whistleblowing. The story gets juicier, with her new book, Fool Me Once, she pulls back the curtain on the trillion-dollar fraud industry. Filled with tales of fraudsters, their victims, and the whistleblowers who dare to expose them. Her aim? To make fraud more relatable, and by doing so, protect us and our companies from falling into the fraudster's trap. This is a new way to think about what it really means to "do the right thing." Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:37. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterDr. Kelly Richmond Pope.Fool Me Once.All The Queen's Horses.How Whistle-blowers Shape History.Kelly on InstagramKelly on LinkedInKelly on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #883 - Seth Godin On Strumming The Song Of Significance

Welcome to episode #883 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #883. I could not tell you how many times Seth Godin has been a guest on this show. I don't say this to brag. I state this, because he has (truly) influenced everything from my thinking about work and the future, to how I've built worked on my own professional development and career (more on that here: Dear Seth Godin). As soon as I caught wind that he was publishing a new book, The Song Of Significance, I locked in a time for us to not only discuss this incredible book/manifesto about what it means to be human, to be a part of a team, and to make work that really matters, but to also drill down into how the world is changing (artificial intelligence, politics, work from home, being an entrepreneur and more). For those who don't know, Seth is an oracle. He has been sparking minds and inspiring people to level up for over three decades. His daily blog, a beacon of wisdom and insight, has been my constant in the ever-changing digital landscape for more than ten years (when he first started publishing). Seth is an artist with words. He's the author of 20 bestselling books, translated into nearly 40 languages. Also worth noting is his Carbon Almanac project. And Seth's journey isn't a straight path. It's filled with intriguing detours and exciting projects. In 2015, Seth brought to life the altMBA, a transformative 30-day workshop that's changed countless lives. It's part of Akimbo, an independently owned B corp, crafting innovative ways to learn. Seth's online courses, including The Marketing Seminar and several on Udemy, have been taken by over 60,000 people. He's a member of the Guerrilla Marketing Hall of Fame, the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, and most recently, the Marketing Hall of Fame. Seth's free ebooks on the placebo effect and education are worth a read, and his five TED Talks are a must-watch. So, with that... let's get into his new book and the changing world of work, building a business worth working for and the future. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:22. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterSeth Godin.The Song Of Significance.Carbon Almanac.Seth's daily blog.Akimbo.Seth’s TED Talks.Seth on InstagramSeth on FacebookSeth on LinkedInDavid Usher


SPOS #882 - Deb Mashek On Incredible Collaborations

Welcome to episode #882 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #882. What makes for great colloboration? Especially in this new world of business. Many people have mixed feelings about workplace collaboration. On the one hand, they know collaboration is essential to achieve complex goals. On the other hand, they know collaboration is a slog. People pull in different directions. There’s desperately little communication and even less follow through. One person ends up doing all the work. The result? Friction mounts. Projects fizzle. Great employees walk. This at the core of a new book called, Collabor(h)ate - How To Build Increadible Collaborative Relationships At Work. The author is business advisor, professor and executive, Dr. Deb Mashek. She is recognized as one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Deb's work has been featured in prominent media outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Fortune, among others. She also regularly contributes to Psychology Today, sharing her knowledge and perspectives on a range of topics. Deb served as a Full Professor of Social Psychology at Harvey Mudd College, where she also held the position of Associate Dean for Faculty Development. She was the founding Director of the Claremont College’s Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration and the inaugural Executive Director of Heterodox Academy, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting constructive disagreement on college campuses. Currently, she is the founder of Myco Consulting, where she assists business leaders in navigating the complex relationship dynamics that can impact timelines, bottom lines, and overall well-being. She is a member of the Association for Collaborative Leadership and the International Coaching Federation, and has been an invited speaker at prestigious organizations including the United Nations and the American Psychological Association. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:46. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterDr. Deb Mashek.Collabor(h)ate - How To Build Increadible Collaborative Relationships At Work.Myco Consulting. Deb’s newsletterDeb on LinkedInDeb on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #881 - Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic On AI, Automation And More Humanity

Welcome to episode #881 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #881. Hailing from the Villa Freud district of Buenos Aires, he spent the majority of his professional career in the dynamic city of London, before making his home in Brooklyn. Meet Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a renowned psychologist, author, and entrepreneur, Tomas has made it his mission to decode human potential. With a flair for bridging the gap between science and business, he's a bit like a Sherlock Holmes of the corporate world, using his keen intellect to solve the mysteries of talent, leadership, and innovation. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, a role that allows him to explore the realm of talent and potential. Beyond his corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors, he is a Professor of Business Psychology at two esteemed institutions - University College London and Columbia University. Tomas is also a prolific writer. He's written ten books and over 150 scientific papers on the psychology of talent, leadership, innovation, and AI. His latest, I, Human - AI, Automation, and the Quest to Reclaim What Makes Us Unique, takes readers on an enthralling and eye-opening journey across the AI landscape. Though AI has the potential to change our lives for the better, he argues, AI is also worsening our bad tendencies, making us more distracted, selfish, biased, narcissistic, entitled, predictable, and impatient. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 50:21. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterTomas Chamorro-Premuzic. I, Human - AI, Automation, and the Quest to Reclaim What Makes Us Unique.ManpowerGroup.Tomas on LinkedInTomas on TwitterDavid Usher


SPOS #880 - Adrian Hon On How Gamification Might Ruin Us All

Welcome to episode #880 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #880. In a world where games are no longer just a source of entertainment, we find ourselves in a precarious situation. Warehouse workers are pitted against each other in virtual dragon races, their jobs hanging in the balance. Exhausted Uber drivers are baited with challenges to keep them on the road. Citizens in China are scored to ensure good behavior, and games with in-app purchases cleverly use achievements to drain your finances. In his lastest book, You’ve Been Played, game designer Adrian Hon exposes the insidious use of games and gamification as tools of exploitation by corporations, schools, and governments. These aren't optional games, but ones we're compelled to play, where losing carries severe consequences. Adrian's work is a powerful critique of a tech-centric world that attempts to mask misery as fun. It's a rallying cry for those who wish to retain their dignity and autonomy in a world increasingly dominated by coercive gamification. As the CEO and founder of Six to Start, he has co-created the world's most successful smartphone fitness game, Zombies, Run! His innovative approach to game design has led to other award-winning games such as We Tell Stories, which has been recognized at SXSW and showcased at prestigious venues like MOMA and the Design Museum. His previous book, A New History of the Future in 100 Objects, was published in 2020. Adrian also shares his insights on games through a monthly column for EDGE magazine. His journey in the gaming industry began at Mind Candy, where he served as Director of Play from 2004 to 2007. During his tenure, he designed and produced the Perplex City alternate reality game. His fascination with ARGs started in 2001 when he moderated the Cloudmakers community for The Beast, an ARG for Steven Spielberg’s A.I. His academic background is as diverse as his professional one. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, with a focus on experimental psychology and neuroscience. He even started a neuroscience degree at Oxford in 2003, but his passion for gaming led him to leave after a year to join Mind Candy. His journey is a testament to his belief in the power of games and their potential to shape our future (in both good and terrible ways). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:49. Apple PodcastsSix Pixels of SeparationMitch Joel on FacebookThinkersOneLinkedInTwitterAdrian Hon. You’ve Been Played.A New History of the Future in 100 Objects.Zombies, Run!.Six to Start.Adrian on MastadonAdrian on LinkedInAdrian on TwitterDavid Usher