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Innovation: Interviews with Visionaries

The Business Romantic - Tim Leberecht


Give Everything, Quantify Nothing and Create Something Greater Than Yourself

Published on January 09 2015
chief marketing officer of NBBJ and author Tim Leberecht, interviewed by Peter Clayton, TotalPicture Radio Tim Leberecht

"I believe that romance is the ultimate differentiator in a world of optimizers and maximizers." Tim Leberecht

I admit, when I received a review copy of Tim Leberecht's new book The Business Romantic, (Harper Business) I said, "huh?" and put it on a growing stack of new business books I've received lately. I guess publishers of non-fiction business and career books like January!

Then I watched this video clip of Tim talking about his book and became intrigued.

Video: Tim Leberecht TotalPicture Radio interivew with Peter Clayton:

Tim Leberecht is the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm, which helps organizations like Amazon, Boeing, Google, Samsung, Starbucks, and Tencent create meaningful experiences. Previously, Leberecht was CMO of product design and strategy firm Frog Design. His writing has appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune and Wired, among other publications.

He has spoken at such venues as TED Global, The Economist Big Rethink, DLD, and the Silicon Valley CEO Summit. His TED Talk "3 Ways to (Usefully) Lose Control of Your Brand" has been viewed by more than 700,000 people to date.

Leberecht is the co-founder of the 15 Toasts dinner series and an advisor to The Human Agency, a collective of social change-makers. He serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Values and on the board of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation consultancy.


Weekend Inspiration Rework


Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the Founders of 37 Signals. They have something NEW to say.

Published on March 15 2013
Rework Weekend Inspiration Podcast on TotalPicture RadioRework

Welcome to our Weekend Inspiration podcast series with Peter Clayton Reporting. Today, we're featuring one of my favorite books, Rework, written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson founders of 37 Signals - the company that makes some of my favorite productivity software including Basecamp and Highrise. Rework, written in 2010 and published by Crown Business, is a contrarian's guide to starting and running a successful small business. And yes, 37 Signals is a very successful small business

The back cover of the book states: ASAP is Poison, Underdo the Competition, Meetings are Toxic, Fire the Workaholics, Emulate Drug Dealers, Pick a Fight, Planning is Guessing and Inspiration is Perishable. Not exactly the kind of advice you'll find in most business books.

As David and Jason point out in the introduction, this book isn't based on academic theories, it's "based on our experience."

Is UpMo LinkedIn for the Enterprise?


From TLNT Transform, Peter Clayton interviews Rob Garcia, VP of Product at UpMo

Published on March 05 2012
Rob Garcia, VP of Product at UpMoRob Garcia

UpMo, is a Silicon Valley startup that has devised a "social talent engine": a cloud-based internal mobility plus social collaboration platform that, (according to UpMo), "allows employees to network inside the organization while helping them find and be found for opportunities, enabling HR & managers to hire from within to keep people engaged."

Joining us for a Innovation Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio is Rob Garcia VP of product for UpMo, He is responsible for the vision, roadmap, user experience and interaction design of UpMo's suite of products.

"We believe the future of HR and talent acquisition lie in empowering employees through social professional networking and collaboration around career management. And that's what we're up to at UpMo."   


John Frankfurt: Vaclav Havel at Columbia University


The Power of the Powerless, A Tribute to Vaclav Havel's Residency at Columbia University

Published on December 26 2011
John FrankfurtJohn Frankfurt

"The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility." - Vaclav Havel

This is Peter Clayton with a special Innovation Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio. As you know, the former Czech President Václav Havel died this month, 22 years after leading the peaceful Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule over Czechoslovakia. As well as steering the country to democracy, the dissident playwright also oversaw its peaceful division into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

In the fall of 2006, President Havel was in residency at Columbia University for seven weeks. His visit to Columbia focused on an exploration of the connection between art and citizenship. In addition to the events with President Havel, the Arts Initiative organized a series of symposia on specific art forms (theatre, music, architecture, art, film, literature) and citizenship. Each of these were moderated by Columbians; several were presented in partnership with some of New York's leading cultural institutions.

At the time, I had an opportunity to interview John Frankfurt, Educational Technologist for Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. John had lead an initiative to create an amazing interactive website dedicated to president Havel's residency, the artist, and the citizen. The website is still online, incuding numerous video clips highlighting his residency at Columbia. I thought it would be appropriate to re-publish the interview.


Book Yourself Solid - With the Right Clients


The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling

Published on October 28 2011
Michael Port, Lizabeth Phelps

How much time have you wasted working for companies or clients that suck?

Michael Port's "Red Velvet Rope Policy" allows in "only the most ideal clients, the ones who energize and inspire you."

Michael Port is the author of four bestselling books including Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, The Contrarian Effect, and The Think Big Manifesto.

Michael blogs for the Huffington Post and has written monthly columns on sales and marketing for Entrepreneur Magazine and American Express Open Forum. Currently he is developing marketing and productivity software programs based on the ideas and strategies in his books.


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