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.

Dematerialization and What It Means for the Economy and Climate Change

HBR IdeaCast | 17 September 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew McAfee about ideas from his book More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources – and What Happens Next. Explains how many economies are growing while new technologies are reducing their use of timber, metals, fertilizer, and other resources.

How to Fix Your Hiring Process

HBR IdeaCast | 25 June 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Cappelli about the ideas in his HBR article Your Approach to Hiring is All Wrong. Argues managers at companies large and small are doing hiring all wrong. A confluence of changes, from the onslaught of online tools to a rise in recruitment outsourcing, have promised more efficiency but actually made us less effective at finding the best candidates. Cappelli sets out better, simpler ways to measure whether someone will be a good employee and advises companies to focus more on internal talent.

The Hardscrabble Business of Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

HBR IdeaCast | 7 November 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Irene Yuan Sun, author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa. Explains why so many Chinese entrepreneurs are setting up factories in Africa. Describes what it’s like inside these factories, who works there, what they’re making – and how this emerging manufacturing sector is industrializing Africa.