Summary: This management podcast tackles the big questions about leading organizations from some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Jeff Schatten PhD, a business professor at Washington and Lee University and in partnership with McGraw Hill Education, has conversations with top intellectuals, influencers and business executives about challenging topics that are essential to successful 21st century organizations-- insights you never knew you wanted to know.
Nicolaj Siggelkow, Professor at the Wharton School of Business, and Jeff Schatten discuss a wide range of topics addressing "connected strategies" and some of the related opportunities and challenges for companies that achieve a tighter, more profound connection with customers.
Roger Martin, the world’s #1 management thinker according to Thinkers50, and Jeff Schatten discuss the role of corporations in a capitalist economy, how to improve executive compensation, and some of the shortcomings of placing the shareholder at the center of the business universe.
Celeste Headlee and Jeff Schatten discuss all things conversation. They explore how to be a better conversationalist, how to handle aggressive bosses and what to do when someone tells you a story with too many tangents.
Marty Latz and Jeff Schatten discuss Donald Trump as a negotiator. They look at some of his negotiations from the 80’s and try to make sense of his approach to negotiations with North Korea and China.
Renée Mauborgne and Jeff Schatten discuss Renée's book Blue Ocean Shift. They explore a wide range of topics relating to strategy, market creation and how organizations can discover newfound opportunities by leveraging decision making frameworks.
Adam Grant and Jeff Schatten discuss the Grant’s recent article “The Surprising Value of Obvious Insights” and the challenge that many managers have in adopting “best practices.” They also discuss how to give constructive feedback. Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40.
Nancy Koehn and Jeff Schatten discuss why some leaders are able to excel in crisis situations. They address key leadership issues such as whether leaders are born or created, how leaders navigate between values and strategy, and the leadership legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School. Her book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, is an enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights.
Edgar Schein, Peter Schein and Jeff Schatten discuss the benefits and potential challenges of “humble leadership,” when leaders establish a personal relationship model with subordinates instead of basing interactions on a quid pro quo mindset. Edgar Schein is a Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Peter Schein is the co-founder and COO for the Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute.
Eugene Soltes and Jeff Schatten have a wide ranging discussion about white-collar crime and the complex motivations and factors that underlie corporate criminal behavior. Eugene Soltes is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Eugene has has been widely quoted by the media including in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Bloomberg. His latest book is Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal.
Ian Bremmer, the president of Eurasia Group, and Jeff Schatten discuss globalization, artificial intelligence, the relationship between employment and well-being, and the future of work. Bremmer has authored several books, including the national bestsellers, Every Nation for Itself and The End of the Free Market. Bremmer has a PhD in political science from Stanford University and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He presently teaches at Columbia University.
Susan Cain and Jeff Schatten discuss the introversion and the ways in which workplaces can better reflect and respect the dynamic range of personalities that makeup the population. Susan Cain is the author of the bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine. Cain was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine.
Henry Mintzberg, one of the world’s most influential thinkers in management, and Jeff Schatten discuss a wide range of issues that include the problem of relying on data, and how to stop short-term thinking. Henry Mintzberg is currently a professor at McGill University in Montreal. Mintzberg earned his PhD in management from MIT in 1968. His new book is “Bedtime Stories for Managers.”
Ritz-Carlton co-founder Horst Schulze and Jeff Schatten discuss the founding and growth of the Ritz-Carlton. The conversation covers Horst’s creation of a people-centered corporate culture based on integrity and trust that he applied to employees and customers. During his tenure at The Ritz Carlton, Mr. Schulze served as President and COO responsible for $2 billion in annual operations worldwide. He recently published a new book “Excellence Wins.”
UCLA law professor and National Book Award finalist Adam Winkler and Jeff Schatten discuss the way in which corporate power has changed via rulings by The Supreme Court. They delve into the role of corporations in the founding of The United States and how corporations have increased their influence, which culminated in The Citizens United ruling. They discuss his new book "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights."
Deloitte’s Michael Raynor and Jeff Schatten discuss what separates top performing companies from those that are middle of the pack. They also address the ways in which companies can leverage new big data methods to address goal-setting challenges. Michael Raynor is a managing director at Deloitte. His research and client work is focused on strategy and innovation in a wide variety of industries.