The podcast is currently on a summer break until August or September. The summer break is a great time to re-listen to the episodes you want to learn more from. Here’s some of our favorite picks.
Risto Siilasmaa is the founder and former CEO of cybersecurity company F-Secure. His current role in the company is Chairman of the Board. Risto is also Chairman of the Board at Nokia. He took on the role in 2012 when Nokia was in a very difficult situation and actually one topics we discuss is how he came to accept the offer. Full episode: Risto Siilasmaa, the paranoid optimist
John Seddon is the inventor of The Vanguard Method. The Vanguard Method is a way of helping organizations move from command and control towards systems design. Seddon is the author of books such as Freedom from Command and Control and The Whitehall Effect. He’s currently working on a book titled Beyond Command and Control. We talk about organizations as systems, value and failure demand, incentives, system conditions, budgeting and how the system drives behavior. Full episode: John Seddon and freedom from command and control
General Stanley McChrystal
Stan McChrystal is a retired four-star US general. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates described McChrystal as “perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat”. McChrystal took command of an elite military organization, Joint Special Operations Task Force, and transformed it from a rigid hierarchy to a network of autonomous teams. Full episode: General Stan McChrystal and a Team of Teams
Jim Benson is the creator of Personal Kanban and Lean Coffee. We delve into Personal Kanban, which is an approach to dealing with the overload of stuff you need to deal with. We dig into into its two simple rules, visualizing work and limiting work in progress. We then walk through Lean Coffee, which is a simple and effective way to run your meetings. In the end we discuss Jim’s lessons on collaboration from his years in working to improve it in organizations. Full episode: Jim Benson on Personal Kanban, Lean Coffee and collaboration
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