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Failure as an Art Form

Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence (BEx) at Black & Veatch where she works with internal and external clients to identify, prioritize, and execute mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, its business partners, and clients globally. Stefana has worked with clients in healthcare, finance, engineering, programs, operations, information technology, manufacturing, and development. We had a...

Duration: 00:26:08

The Negotiated Journey

Geurt Jan de Heus is a medical doctor by training. After several years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, he changed his life and career to join RoutsLaeven. This small agency, founded 30 years ago, specializes in negotiation training, coaching and consulting. Geurt Jan is passionate about making the world a better place through more ‘constructive dialogues’. These dialogues are grounded in an open and exploratory mindset, with respect for others and yourself,...

Duration: 00:28:28

See it, Solve it, Share it

Daniel Matthews’ work spans the spectrum from the University of Tennessee and Delta Faucet to Mercedes-Benz, 3M, and more. His book, The A3 Workbook: Unlock Your Problem Solving Mind is one of the best books that I know of for organizations struggling to solve problems effectively the first time. I first met Dan when he participated in the podcast for this book, Nuts and Bolts of A3 Thinking.Dan has worked for Toyota as a trainer and for the Kentucky MEP. Currently, he is the Executive...

Duration: 00:40:30

Building a Sustaining Lean Culture

Susan Kamacho, HR Manager for Gemline, delivered Making Culture Visuals Come Alive – Three Easy Steps webinar as a lead-up to the 2017 Lean People Development Summit. During the webinar Susan shared: Process that assisted in the creation of their culture visualGetting the leadership team to embrace the culture visualHow the visual “came alive” with the entire facility I was excited enough to ask Lean Frontiers the opport [...]

Duration: 00:32:24

Native Advertising Explained

Mike Smith is Senior Vice President of Revenue Platforms and Operations at Hearst Magazines Digital Media and SVP of Advertising Platforms of Core Audience at Hearst. The former President of and former Chief Digital Officer of Forbes Media, Smith is an authority on how using real-time bidding systems with finesse can dramatically promote online advertising and branding. Before joining Forbes, Smith was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at He also worked...

Duration: 00:28:58

The Michelli Podcast Collection

A special collection of Business901 podcasts with Joe Michelli. The collection totals just under an 1 1/2 hours and we discuss three of his books. It is one of the better collection of change management series that I have. Three very different perspectives on customer engagement and how to get there successfully. His most recent book, Driven to Delight: When you reflect for a moment on how a product-centric Mercedes-Benz transformed into a customer-centric organization, well it is very...

Duration: 01:20:09

The Military Mindset in Business

Intrepid Professionals is designed to create more agile, innovative, and financially competitive organizations and individuals. The book’s material outlines the common thread for success in those that dared to defy the odds. Those who are considered the tip of the spear in military terms. I interviewed both authors for this podcast, their bios follow: Chris Schafer is President of Solid Operators Consulting™ and is a 25+ year U.S. Army retired veteran. He spent much of his military...

Duration: 00:28:28

Putting a Lean Strategy into Action

Dan Jones is a management thought leader and advisor on applying lean, process thinking to every type of business across the world. He is the founding Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, dedicated to pushing forward the frontiers of lean thinking and helping others with its implementation. He is also the co-author of the original books on Lean, The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production and Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in...

Duration: 00:26:38

TRIZ for Business

Victor Fey, a TRIZ Master and a close associate of Genrikh Altshuller, the founder of TRIZ, has over 35 years’ experience in TRIZ research, training, and application. Since The TRIZ Group’s inception in 1995, Victor has collected more than two decades of consulting experience serving the Global 1000. In this innovation consulting capacity, Victor’s work has ranged the gamut from teaching, coaching and consulting, to facilitating and leading cross-functional teams in delivering critical...

Duration: 00:22:23

Thinking Visually

Willemien Brand has turned her passion for drawing and design into her life’s work. She graduated with distinction from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and enjoyed an award-winning career as an industrial designer with ATAG Keukentechniek before setting up the successful design studios Buro BRAND and BRAND Business. To be able to help other people unleash their creativity and use it to achieve better results in their work gives her joy and renews her passion...

Duration: 00:19:41

Need to Hire a Lean Mindset - Hire a Vet

Grow Your Veteran-Hiring Initiative Because it Makes Sense If you are at SHRM this week check out Lida’s Presentation Lida Citroen is an international branding and reputation management expert who designs and enhances the identities of companies, executives, and professionals. Her company, LIDA360 specializes in reputation management, offering global clients comprehensive integrated branding, marketing, and communication solutions.

Duration: 00:28:06

Where Will Your Next Big Idea Come From?

Bernadette Jiwa thinks it might come from Hunch which also happens to be the name of her new book; Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into The Next Big Thing. Filled with success stories, reflection exercises, and writing prompts, Hunch is the indispensable guide to embracing your unique potential and discovering your own winning ideas. Bernadette has written a number of successful books and most are short, actionable and to the point. All of the Amazon Links:

Duration: 00:21:12

Getting Everything Out of Your Kanban Software that You Should?

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

Duration: 00:28:48

Leadership Roadmap (Audio Version)

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy delves into the main principles of strategy and of leadership breaking them into six main components. The authors explain how to put these six components into practice through a set of action items blended with case studies. Both of the authors participated in the podcast. Harbir Singh is Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Inno [...]

Duration: 00:30:48

Having Successful Conversations

A special collection of Business901 podcasts on the subject of conversations. The collection totals over four hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance. Joe McCormack is on a mission to help organizations master the art of the short story. In an age of shrinking attention spans, non-stop interruptions, floods of information, the messages business leaders send out are getting lost in a sea of words. His new book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Wiley &...

Duration: 04:48:11

What Are Your Avoidance Tendencies?

According to Andy Molinsky, an expert on behavior in the business world, there are five key challenges underlying our avoidance tendencies: authenticity, competence, resentment, likability and morality. Does the new behavior you’re attempting feel authentic to you? Is it the right thing to do? Answering these questions will help identify the “gap” in our behavioral style that we can then bridge by using the three Cs: Clarity, Conviction, and Customization. Perhaps most interesting,...

Duration: 00:20:58

The Architects of Quality & Management

Dr. Deming, Peter Scholtes, Brian Joiner, Peter Drucker, Joseph Juran, Dr. Deming A special collection of Business901 podcasts that featured subject matter experts on the people above and with a special appearance by Brian Joiner. These are some of my all-time favorite podcasts. The collection totals just over three hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance. I interviewed Dr. Joyce Orsini, a professor at Fordham University and president of the W. Edwards Deming...

Duration: 03:10:11

Sean Ellis Introduces Hacking Growth

The definitive playbook by the pioneers of Growth Hacking This podcast is packed with actionable advice as only Sean Ellis can deliver. Sean Ellis is CEO and founder of, the number one online community for GrowthHackers with 1.8 million global users. Sean coined the term “growth hacker” in 2010 and is the producer of the GrowthHackers Conference. Prior to GrowthHackers, Sean founded and sold customer insights company Qualaroo, growing it to millions of dollars in...

Duration: 00:27:54

Forging Resilient Business Relationships

Michael Papanek is principal and founder of Michael Papanek Consulting. He has over 30 years of expertise leading successful large scale change initiatives and increasing the performance of people and organizations and complex competitive markets Michaels new book From Breakdown to Breakthrough is about forging resilient business relationships in the heat of change. Business901 iTunes Store Mobile Version

Duration: 00:29:10

Storytelling Audio book

A Storytelling special collection of Business901 podcasts. The topics range from Transmedia Storytelling to How to structure and tell business stories. The collection totals just over three hours and the guests are listed in the order of appearance. The Nonprofit Narrative: How Stories Can Save the World authored by Dan Portnoy is one of the best introductions on how to tell your story as a For-Profit or Non-Profit organization. This might be an endorsement; I own the book in both audio...

Duration: 03:30:30

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