Leaders especially are constantly running around trying to “put out fires.” But, what if there was a way to stop the fires from happening to begin with? That is the premise of Dan Heath’s new book: Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. Dan is the best-selling author of six books five of which he wrote with his brother Chip Heath (who I had on my podcast a little while ago). These books include classics such as: Made to Stick, Switch, and The Power of Moments.
The Future of Work
with Jacob Morgan
Safi Bahcall is a second-generation physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, a former public company CEO, and bestselling author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. He was also on President Obama’s Council of Science Advisors and it was during that time that he started down the path that would lead him to write Loonshots.
My guest this week is Steven Rogelberg, the Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte and the bestselling author of The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance. In our discussion today you will hear what steps we can take to create great in-person and virtual meetings, how to leverage silence in meetings, what to do if you feel like you have too many meetings, how to get everyone in the meeting to participate, how to deal with negative people in meetings and much more.
My guest this week is Laura Vanderkam, the author of several books on productivity and time management, including Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. These days most of us have been forced to step away from our normal routines, and that can be stressful and chaotic at times.
Jeremy Gutsche is the founder and CEO of Trend Hunter, a website where people from around the world can share business ideas and trends. It’s basically like a giant innovation focus group. He is also the author of two books, Exploiting Chaos: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation During Times of Change and Create the Future: Tactics for Disruptive Thinking
Toby Ord is a philosopher and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. He focuses on the big picture questions facing humanity such as global poverty, health, the long term future of humanity and the risks which threaten to destroy our entire potential.
Jim McKelvey is the co-founder of Square and the author of a brand new book, The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. Jim and I had a great conversation about what it actually means to be an entrepreneur and why our current use of the word is not correct. You will also hear how Square was created and how they were able to take on and beat Amazon.
Victor Hoskins is the President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Most recently he led the team responsible for winning the Amazon HQ2, which will be bringing anywhere from 25,000 to 37,000 jobs to Northern Virginia.