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The Role of Technology in Leadership Development

  

From the NeuroLeadership Summit, a Candid Conversation with Anje Dodson, Vice President, Human Resources, Oracle

Published on December 15 2013
Anje Dodson, vice president, HR, Oracle Corporation, interview recorded with Peter Clayton at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewAnje Dodson

Speed as a Competitive Advantage

How does technology - Big Data in particular - help identify and develop better leaders? How does speed help enhance our decision making process? What technologies are being used by leading organizations to identify workforce management trends and opportunities?

These were some of the topics discussed in the Technology Solutions panel at the NeuroLeadership Summit in Washington, DC. Joining Anje Dodson from Oracle Corporation were Tony Stubblebine, Lift; Ann Herrman-Nehdi, Herrman International; Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains; and Dan Radecki, Allergan, NLI.

In this interview with Peter Clayton, Producer/Host of TotalPicture Radio, Anje Dodson explores how neuroscience can help in a large global organization like Oracle, develop better leaders and drive performance through understanding the basic biological drivers of learning.

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During her tenure at Oracle, Dodson has helped transform the talent and organizational effectiveness function to meet the needs of the rapidly growing global workforce of 120,000 employees in almost 70 countries. Leveraging a deep knowledge of the business, a strong talent vision and Oracle's technology assets, she has created programs and measurements that produce industry leading results in productivity, capability and organizational effectiveness. Her team's mission includes providing more meaningful intelligence to help the business make better workforce decisions and accelerate execution on its strategy.

Dodson oversees initiatives that drive targeted learning solutions for Oracle employees and leaders, including the Oracle Women's Leadership Initiative which aims at creating opportunities that support, educate and empower Oracle's current and future generations of women leaders.

Matthew Lieberman - Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

  

Navigating the social landscape at work and why it matters.

Published on December 13 2013
Matthew Lieberman, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, interview recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewMatthew Lieberman

"If Facebook were a religion, it would be the third largest religion in the world."

Facebook and Twitter might seem to some like a waste of time, but they actually serve a basic human need. Our social lives at work really effect the bottom line. At the NeuroLeadership Summit in Washington, DC, Matthew Lieberman, a professor of psychology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, took the stage with Robin LaChapelle, Vice President of Total Rewards and Performance Management for Lockeed Martin, to discuss research that shows that the need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food, water and shelter... and what "social" means for corporations and workforce management.

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In his new book, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect, (Crown Publishers) Lieberman argues that our need to reach out to and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior. We believe that pain and pleasure alone guide our actions. Yet, new research using fMRI - including a great deal of original research conducted by Lieberman and his UCLA lab -- shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure in much the same way as they do to physical pain and pleasure.

Be sure to watch for our exclusive interview with Robin LaChapelle, coming soon to TotalPicture Radio.

Ryan Smith -Leading a Hyper-Growth Company

  

Exclusive interview recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit with Ryan Smith, CEO Qualtrics

Published on November 29 2013
Ryan Smith, CEO Qualtrics recorded at the NeuroLeadership Summit -TotalPicture Radio interviewRyan Smith

"20 percent of our employees have been with the company for less than 90 days." Ryan Smith

At the Recent NeuroLeadership Summit in Washington, DC, " Ryan Smith (Qualtrics) participated in a session with Tony Bingham (CEO, ASTD), Giselle Martin-Kniep (President, Communities for Learning), David Rock (Director, NeuroLeadership Institute), and Josh Davis Ph.D. (Barnard College), for a fascinating conversation focused on Designing Learning. Specifically:

What are we learning from neuroscience about designing leadership development initiatives?

In the conversation on-stage, Ryan provided the "real-world" example. In this Leadership Channel interview with Peter Clayton, Producer/Host of TotalPicture Radio, Ryan describes the culture of "radical transparency" at his company, why it's "okay to fail" and the unique way all of the employees stay connected - and measure their progress. (How many CEO's do you know who post their expense reports online for all employees to see?)

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If you've not heard about Qualtrics you soon will: Ryan and his father, Scott Smith, bootstrapped their data-collection and -analytics company, from the family's basement to more than $48 million in sales last year. As CEO, he has led the company to the industry leader in online data collection and survey analytics. Qualtrics is one of the fastest-growing technology companies, experiencing triple-digit growth in the past four years. The company has more than 5,000 customers including 500 universities, BusinessWeek's top 30 business schools and almost all of the Fortune 500.

In 2012, Qualtrics received a $70 million investment for Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital, the largest-ever joint investment by these two firms.

Ryan is a frequent lecturer at the nation's leading business schools and is a member of the advisory board for the Masters in Market Research (MSMR) Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves on the executive advisory board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Before Qualtrics, he worked at HP and Ford Motor Company and studied at the Marriott School of Management.

Stay tuned... the complete transcript of our interview with Ryan will be available soon!

Mara Swan: Linking your Recruitment Strategy to Your Business Strategy

  

It's unlikely there's ever been a more qualified speaker on the practical do's and don't's of linking recruitment strategy to business strategy.

Published on September 04 2013
Mara Swan ManpowerGroup's Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent interviewed by Peter Clayton on TotalPicture RadioMara Swan

What is impacting business strategy? Why is it different this time?

"We are in the human age where talent is the major agent of economic growth. So we have to shift our mindset as recruiters to be supply and demand experts, versus job fillers." Mara Swan

One of the real highlights at the ERE Recruiting Conference in San Diego was Mara Swan's keynote -- titled Linking your Recruitment Strategy to Your Business Strategy: This Time for Real.A hard-hitting presentation -- with a senior executive's perspective and real-world experience on the current role of HR and recruiting.

Mara is ManpowerGroup's Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, a position she has held since January 2009. She joined the company as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources in 2005 and has had a significant impact in both the human resources area of the organization and the strategy and contemporary talent development areas. Hi, this is Peter Clayton reporting

Welcome to a special Leadership Channel edition on TotalPicture Radio. Today podcast with Mara Swan is brought to you by our sister media company, Jobs in Pods - the podcast and vodcast featuring real employers talking about their jobs - and how to get them. Visit Jobs in Pods dot com - And Mention TotalPicture Radio and save 20% when you book your first jobcast - Jobs in Pods - the cleverest way to advertise your jobs!

According to Mara Swan, We Need to Rethink:

  • What is a job?
  • What is an employee?
  • What is leadership?
  • How do we pay and for what?
  • How do we drive productivity and innovation through our people practices?
  • What are the new ways of thinking about approaching work to accelerate business performance and and get access to the talent we need?
  • What needs to be differentiated and why?
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How to Keep Your Strategy Moving As Fast As Your Business

  

David Dalka interviews Columbia Business School Professor and author Rita Gunther McGrath

Published on August 23 2013
Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath -TotalPicture Radio InterviewRita Gunther McGrath

Is sustainable competitive advantage as obsolete as a... Zune? Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business?

Welcome to a Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio. Today's interview is hosted by friend-of-the-show and guest podcaster David Dalka, Ecommerce business strategist, digital marketer and keynote speaker.

The surprise retirement of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer provides a perfect lead-in to today's podcast. Perhaps the most telling aspect of this story, as reported on the front page of the Weekend Wall Street Journal: "Steve Ballmer Who Faced Criticism Over Waning Growth, to Leave Within a Year; Stock Jumps 7%." I don't care how many millions of dollars you have (and of course Ballmer, college buddy of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has plenty of millions), that 7% number has to sting. Has Microsoft relied on the duo cash cows of Windows and Microsoft Office for too long?

In her new book The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business School Press), Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it's time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. According to McGrath, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage.

In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea-that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant. In 2000, the year Steve Ballmer took over the company, Microsoft had a market value of $603 billion. Today? It's $290 billion. Contrast these numbers with Apple: in 2000, the company had a market value of $18 billion. Today Apple's market value is $455 billion. (Source: FactSet The Wall Street Journal).

Think about it. Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now. The End of Competitive Advantage is your guide to renewed success and profitable growth in an economy increasingly defined by transient advantage.

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