How Tech Adoption Fuels China’s Innovation Boom

HBR IdeaCast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zak Dychtwald about his HBR article China’s New Innovation Advantage. Explains that the perception of China as a copycat and not an innovator is outdated. Argues that the willingness of Chinese consumers to try new things is powering the country’s new innovation economy. Technology adoption rates in areas such as mobile payment are extremely high (90% in China versus 24% in US). Describes how non-Chinese companies can learn important lessons from this rapidly changing market and potentially use it to jump-start their own innovation.

Bill Gates on How Business Leaders Can Fight Climate Change

HBR IdeaCast | 16 February 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bill Gates about his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need. Makes the case for aggressive action to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and insists that regulation isn’t enough. Argues that businesses need to pave the way forward by investing much more heavily in climate-friendly innovation.

The Fundamental Human Relationship with Work

HBR IdeaCast | 13 October 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Applies an anthropologist’s perspective from studying an ancient hunter-gatherer society to suggest that our modern notions of work, economy, and productivity are perhaps too limiting. Argues that humans have always been drawn to work for its intrinsic value and that managers can prepare for the future workplace by broadening their thinking about work and purpose.

Square’s Cofounder on Discovering — and Defending — Innovations

HBR IdeaCast | 17 March 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, about his book The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. Argues that business innovation is about fearlessly exploring novel solutions and dramatically expanding markets. That helps startups to defend their innovations against industry giants, as Square did against Amazon.

Real Leaders: Rachel Carson Seeds the Environmental Movement

HBR IdeaCast | 12 March 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life and work of Rachel Carson. Her book Silent Spring marshalled the evidence that the world’s most powerful chemical companies were harming animals, plants, and people – thereby launching the modern environmental movement.

The Right Way to Form New Habits

HBR IdeaCast | 31 December 2019 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Clear about his book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Concrete advice on building habits to improve every day, compounding to meaningful improvement.

The Tipping Point Between Failure and Success

HBR Ideacast | 10 December 2019 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dashun Wang, coauthor of Quantifying the Dynamics of Failure across Science, Startups and Security. Backgrounds his work crunching data on entrepreneurs, scientists, and terrorist organizations to better understand the fine line between failure and success. One surprising finding is that people who experience early failures often become more accomplished than counterparts who achieve early successes. Another insight is that the pace of failure is an indicator of the tipping point between stagnation and eventual success.

Accelerate Learning to Boost Your Career

HBR IdeaCast | 22 October 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Young about his book Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. Outlines the principles for fast, focussed learning that he used to teach himself the four-year MIT computer science curriculum in just 12 months.