PBTO55: Unleashing Human Performance with Jason Forrest (@jforrestspeaker)

Credits: Opening music credit goes to Riju Mukhopadhyay & Pavan Cherukumilli

Who is on the show:

In this power packed episode, we host Jason Forrest, the CEO and the Chief Culture officer at the FPG group. As a sales professional, author, speaker, and coach, Jason’s job is to empower professionals and executives to unleash their human performance and master their leadership skills in sales, management, culture and service; for the purpose of increasing profit through people.

Why is he on the show:

He is a salesperson first, a behavior change expert, a national speaker and a coach who pushes organisations to become highly profitable while creating a “best place to work” culture. Every year, Jason delivers approximately 92 keynotes/seminars and conducts 850 group coaching calls with sales teams, managers, and executives.

What do we talk about:

In this power-packed and a free-wheeling conversation, we talk about the following:

  • What holds back people from success?
  • How can we hire people for their belief system and cultural fitment?
  • Once we hire good people, what could be done to make them succeed and get them to peak performance as quickly as possible?
  • The importance of coaching and how to transform your managers to become coaches?
  • The difference in the approach of a manager vs a coach
  • How does FPG build and maintain a high performance culture?
  • His formula for growing their top-line of any sales organisation’s performance
  • Books that had a profound impact on his thinking
  • His approach to self development
  • What he thinks is so obvious but people always miss

How can you connect with him:

You can find more information about his award winning team and coaching program at FPG. You can also connect with him on twitter @jforrestspeaker

 

 

PBTO54: The Fuzzy and the Techie- The Important Role of Humanities in a Tech Driven World

Credits: Opening music credit goes to Riju Mukhopadhyay & Pavan Cherukumilli

Who is on the show:

In this episode, we host Scott Hartley. He is a venture capitalist and author of THE FUZZY AND THE TECHIE , a Financial Times business book of the month, and finalist for the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company’s Bracken Bower Prize for an author under 35.

Why is he on the show:

Apart from being a VC and having written a good book, he has also served as a Presidenhttp://amzn.to/2rAeUmWtial Innovation Fellow at the White House, a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and a Venture Partner at Metamorphic Ventures. Prior to venture capital, he worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has been a contributing author at MIT Press, and has written for the Financial Times, Forbes, Foreign Policy, the Boston Review and others. He has also finished six marathon and Ironman 70.3 triathlons.

What do we talk about in our conversation:

In our free wheeling conversations, we speak about:

  • His upcoming book “The Fuzzy and the Techie”, the reason why he wrote the book and the places from where his insights come from.
  • How do we know if one is a fuzzy (Arts, humanities, economics, political science, etc) and who is a techie (engineering, computer science, etc) ?
  • How it takes both of these skills to do good work in real life?
  • Examples of how some of the well known techies are also fuzzies or surround themselves with people who are fuzzies.
  • Why did Google and Apple have a “Philosopher-in-residence” at some point?
  • The combination of a fuzzy and a techie at the helm of Apple..
  • The thoughts behind the Design of the New York Central Park by Frederic Law Olmstead and how some of the same principles are being used to design at Apple
  • What is the reason for a single narrative of AI taking over the world? Is there a different narrative playing out in the world as well? What are the other conversations that we need to be thinking and debating about?
  • How could automation by machine learning or artificial learning potentially play out? Will machines replace humans completely or will they automate parts of the jobs that humans do and thus enhance the capabilities of us humans?
  • The importance of the skills of a fuzzy in identifying where and how can technology be applied?
  • The story behind Stitch fix and its success. The role that the M Algorithm (Machine) and H algorithm (Human) play in their success.
  • The good, bad and ugly of recommendation engines…
  • How Facebook used user behaviour to drive user engagements
  • Tristan Harris and his movement – “Time Well Spent
  • Persuasive technologies and the impact it is having on us and our world.
  • The story of Sean Duffy and his company – Omada Health
  • His advice for entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level…
  • The importance of continuing to learn technology using tools like General Assembly and humanities.
  • Transforming From Full stack developer to a full stack integrator
  • Prototyping with Framer.
  • The growing importance of imagination
  • What did he learn from running marathon and 1 Ironman 73?
  • What Scott does to learn continuously and stay relevant?

How Can you reach him?

You can reach him on twitter @scottehartley or on LinkedIn. You can buy his book here.

Patreon:

If you like what you hear, I would request you to head over to my patreon page and become a patron for the show. You could do so by contributing anywhere from a single dollar to about 1000 USD depending upon how much you like the show.

Think of it like the following – I will bring thought leaders to your door step and in return all I am asking is for you to spend just enough get us a cup of coffee.

I would like to keep this podcast ad-free and need your support regarding the same. You can also find some very interesting artists whom you can also contribute for. I myself support James Victore as a patron. If you are an artist yourself, consider becoming a patron for James as well.

 

PBTO53: Deep Work: How to do work that Matters with Cal Newport

Who is on the show:

In this episode we host, Cal Newport. He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.

In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.

Why is he on the show:

His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice, and three popular books of unconventional advice for students.

What are we talking about:

In this free-wheeling conversation, we talk about:

  • What is deep work? Why is it important to do deep work?
  • Why is Deep work the killer app for the information economy?
  • His own practice of deep work and how it has helped him in his own work..
  • How he doubled his academic output with less hours to work and writing the book simultaneously and yet not take work home.
  • How does one go about learning to do deep work?
    • Conditioning: Tolerate or even bring some amount of boredom in your life.
    • Active training: Productive meditation. Take one professional problem and go for a walk and try to solve the problem.
    • Integrate in your schedule: Put an appointment with yourselves on your calendar to do deep work.
  • His own way of integrating deep work in his schedule.
  • Monk mode mornings for business leaders..
  • The quality of work = What you are working * How you are working on it?
  • How deep work is related to Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of highly effective people?
  • What could potentially derail your practice of deep work?
  • How we have allowed the communication tools to take over the actual work in organisations?
  • How does he learn and stay up-to-date?
  • How can deep work help entrepreneurs in their work…
  • How can entrepreneurs embrace and create a culture of deep work in their organisations?
    • Ratio of Deep work hours vs Non-deep work hours of work
    • No emails after work hours?
  • Who apart from himself has he seen do significant amount of deep work (Adam Grant)
    • How Adam builds his deep work practice
    • Examples of Businesses who are incorporating the principles of deep work in their culture
  • The work that he is most proud of…
  • Things that got left out of the book but he thinks is an important idea to spread..
  • What was the most difficult thing for him while writing this book?
  • What is his next project – the role of technology in our personal life (Digital Minimalism, future of knowledge work)
  • His thoughts on how behaviour altering products will evolve
  • His thoughts on how machines are doing deep work and men are doing more shallow work and what impact will it have in the future of work…
  • What is it that he thinks is so obvious but people miss and hence becomes non-obvious
  • His experience of running a business and what he learnt from it
  • Whats on his reading list
  • One of the books that had a big impact on him:
  • One thing that he can change how he works – Remove Emails from his life..
  • One thing that you can do immediately after you listen to this episode – Take an hour off and work on something important without any distractions.

How can you reach him:

As he indicates in the conversation, he has made it not so easy to reach him. You can find out how you can reach him and read his blog here.

Patreon:

If you like what you hear, I would request you to head over to my patreon page and become a patron for the show. You could do so by contributing anywhere from a single dollar to about 1000 USD depending upon how much you like the show.

Think of it like the following – I will bring thought leaders to your door step and in return all I am asking is for you to spend just enough get us a cup of coffee.

I would like to keep this podcast ad-free and need your support regarding the same. You can also find some very interesting artists whom you can also contribute for. I myself support James Victore as a patron. If you are an artist yourself, consider becoming a patron for James as well.

 

PBTO52: Good Marketing Opens Minds and Good Sales Closes Deals – Krishnan Chatterjee

Who is on the show: 

In this episode, we host Krishnan Chatterjee. He is a musician and a marketer. He heads marketing for SAP Indian sub-continent. He stumbled his way through IIM-A into the corporate jungle. Became the Head of Marketing for a large IT Company-a journey in which he used his voice in keynote speeches and such like. Came to his senses in the late noughties with the realization that your identity lies in what you create – and not in position, possession or power. Discovered songs don’t need much writing, and promptly adopted white collar rock to blow off creative steam.

Why is he on the show: 

He has great clarity in thought, thinks in frameworks and I have found to be to-the-point no-nonsense marketer. He also has great insights about the role of the marketing function and how it needs to evolve within a business.

What do we talk about: 

In this free-wheeling conversation, we talk about the following:

  • Difference between marketing a services company and a product company
  • How has marketing evolved over the times and stays relevant in an ever changing world
  • Importance of remark-ability & advocacy in todays world
  • Importance of delivering on the promise of the brand
  • Compelling event marketing (Amul)
  • Z-CMO – CMO in the zero moment
  • Should Marketing be part of the product development cycle?
  • Marketing’s Market making capability
  • Competency Model
    • Ability to know your Audience like the back of your hand
    • Know what competency is our strengths
    • Excellence – Name and describle why you are worldclass
    • Affirmative Action – Can you generate urgency and momentum to the business
    • Strategist – Are you able to conceptualize original ideas
    • Leader – Ability to bring ideas to fruition
  • Top challenges of a CMO and how to tackle them

Video’s referred by Krishnan:

How Can I Connect with him: 

You can connect with Krishnan at www.contraband.in and on LinkedIn .

A small request:

If you liked what you read/heard, I would request you to head over to my patreon page and become a patron for the blog/podcast. You could do so by contributing anywhere from a single dollar to about 1000 USD depending upon how much you like the blog/show.

Think of it like the following – I will bring thought leaders to your door step and in return all I am asking is for you to spend just enough to get a cup of coffee for the expert that is in your home. 

I would like to keep this podcast ad-free and need your support regarding the same. You can also find some very interesting artists whom you can also contribute for.

I myself support James Victore as a patron. If you are an artist yourself, consider becoming a patron for James as well or even set-up your own Patreon Page here.

PBTO51: Non-Obvious Trends with Rohit Bhargava

Who is on the show:

In this episode we host, Rohit Bhargava. He is a “non-obvious” trend curator, founder of the Influential Marketing Group, and an expert in helping brands and leaders be more influential.

He is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of five books on topics as wide ranging as the future of business, building a brand with personality, and why leaders never eat cauliflower.

Rohit has advised hundreds of global brands and also teaches marketing at Georgetown University.

A two-time TEDx speaker, Rohit has keynoted events in 31 countries and is regularly featured as a marketing expert by media such as The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and NPR.

Why is he on the show:

In his latest book Non-Obvious 2017, he shares 15 trends in 3 different areas that he considers important and will play a very important role in the near future. He has been sharing his list of trends for the past 7 years and what makes him different from other trend curators is that he also goes back to his predictions in the past and explores if the trend was a hit or a miss and why.

What are we talking about:

In this free-wheeling conversation, we talk about:

  • What are some of the trends that he has covered in his 2017 edition of the book – Non-Obvious
  • How he goes about identifying these trends ?
  • The Haystack method of curating trends. How does he benefit from riding the trends and how he thinks you can do the same as well?
  • How does he learn and stay up-to-date?
  • What is it that he thinks is so obvious but people miss and hence becomes non-obvious
  • His method of curating his weekly newsletter
  • His experience of running a business and what he learnt from it

How can you reach him:

You can reach him on twitter at @RohitBhargava or through LinkedIn. You can sign up for his weekly newsletter here. You will get a ton of great, insightful and interesting articles to read through every Thursday.

Patreon:

If you like what you hear, I would request you to head over to my patreon page and become a patron for the show. You could do so by contributing anywhere from a single dollar to about 1000 USD depending upon how much you like the show.

Think of it like the following – I will bring thought leaders to your door step and in return all I am asking is for you to spend just enough get us a cup of coffee.

I would like to keep this podcast ad-free and need your support regarding the same. You can also find some very interesting artists whom you can also contribute for. I myself support James Victore as a patron. If you are an artist yourself, consider becoming a patron for James as well.