Cedric Chin – Accelerating Business Expertise

Infinite Loops | 14 March 2024 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Cedric Chin about Commoncog, his newsletter dedicated to finding useful, practical ways to accelerate business expertise. Discusses some of the most potentially transformative concepts he’s uncovered: the business expertise triad, quality engineering and process control, the effectiveness of naturalistic decision-making, expectancy, intuition and investing, how to stay open-minded, trial & error, knowledge shields & the power of reading, and protocols & pattern-matching.

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Using Cultural Evolution to Design Better Companies with Andrew McAfee

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 7 February 2024 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew McAfee about his book The Geek Way: The Radical Mindset that Drives Extraordinary Results. Discusses how cultural evolution has shaped the modern workplace, what allowed humans to evolve to be super collaborators, how that evolution translates to organizational culture, and why the education system might need an overhaul.

See also the EconTalk interview.

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Lessons from Scaling Stripe

Lenny’s Podcast | 5 March 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Claire Hughes Johnson about her book Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building. Shares insights from her time at Google and Stripe on how to successfully build and scale organizations, the importance of building self-awareness, tactical advice on how to say things that are hard to say, as well as how to improve your internal communications, and more.


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Power Failure: What Happened to GE?

The Next Big Idea | 19 January 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William Cohan about his book Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon. Explores the role and responsibility of Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt in the downfall of General Electric, formerly the most valuable company in the world.

See also Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article Was Jack Welch the Greatest C.E.O. of His Day—or the Worst?

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How to Fire People with Grace, Work Through Fear, and Nurture Innovation

Lenny’s Podcast | 10 November 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Mochary discussing his framework for approaching layoffs, how productivity goes up with fewer people, what to pay attention to when you feel angry or fearful, how to build new products within a larger company, how to make sure everyone in the organization feels valued and heard, and more. Draws from his book The Great CEO Within: The Tactical Guide to Company Building and his Mochary Method Curriculum.

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Why Are There So Many Bad Bosses?

Freakonomics Radio | 3 March 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Backgrounds the Peter Principle: the tendency to promote people in hierarchies until they reach their level of incompetence. Considers the evidence on whether managers matter, explains why firms keep producing incompetent managers, and why that’s unlikely to change.

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