Leading Wisely

CEO, author, and TED presenter Ricardo Semler invites you to join his conversations with change makers who challenge assumptions and do things differently in work and in life. Ricardo shares his insights about work, life and education while exchanging ideas with some of the leading business thinkers of our time. You will learn, laugh, and leave inspired to make change in your world.
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Feb 28, 2017

Jurgen Appelo is somebody who is ahead of the curve when it comes to management. He has an approach that he calls Management 3.0 and he’s using it as his company, Happy Melly. Jurgen has a history of trying to reconfigure the way that people look at organizations and how they put all of the pieces together. He’s really coming from a different place, but he outlines some practical ideas to help illustrate the new world we live in.


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Feb 21, 2017

David Burkus is a professor at Oral Roberts University and is author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. He also has a new book called Under New Management. His goal is to poke around for which innovations exist only in people’s minds and which ones actually create something new. David is also interested the impact on company size on innovation - things are very different for a bunch of young people in a small startup as opposed to a company with thousands of employees. Our conversation centered on ways for larger companies to accept change and maybe find some ways to innovate.

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Feb 14, 2017

Tony Hsieh is unlike many CEOs out there. As the CEO of Zappos, Tony has highlighted his passion for employee self-management through his implementation of a holacracy model. It has a very stiff learning curve, but Tony has spent considerable time thinking through the positives and potential pitfalls. In this episode, he talks about his desire for Zappos to function like a city and how he sees his role in that process. Tony has definitely shown the ability to think outside of the proverbial box and has a lot to share with others about what he’s learned.

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Feb 7, 2017

Frederic Laloux is the author of Reinventing Organizations. He’s spent many years trying to find out what modern, forward-thinking organizations share in common. In order to keep everything organized, Frederic has come up with a system where he labels businesses with different colors: green, orange, or teal (which represents flexible, freedom-oriented organizations). This model helps us to explore the ways in which choice, specialization, and freedom help or hurt in our desire to find happiness and fulfillment.

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