Innovation Navigation
6/2/15 - John Edson, Kyle Nel, Jay Walker, Chris Surdak

Host Dave Robertson first talks to John Edson, President of Lunar, a major design firm. Lunar was recently acquired by consulting giant McKinsey and Dave talks to Edson about how this new relationship will impact the company's approach to design as well as what this business move suggests about the future of design.

Then, are robots and virtual reality the future of retail or is that an idea that should remain in the world of science fiction? Dave talks to Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe's Innovation Labs, who shares his approach known as science fiction prototyping.

After that, Dave welcomes the Executive Chairman of Patent Properties and Founder of Priceline.com, Jay Walker, who breaks down the issues surrounding our patent system. They discuss how companies can best utilize the pool of ideas and inventions that already exist.

The final guest is Chris Surdak, author of "Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities," who explains what steps you can take to best use big data to develop the next big idea.

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5/26/15 - David Butler, Ann Gottlieb, Kevin McKenzie, Henry Doss

Host Dave Robertson first talks to David Butler, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company, who talks about how one of the world's largest and most successful brands thinks about design, and why the big player Coke is showing an interest in young startups.  Next, Dave finds out what goes into making a bottle of perfume – from extracting smells to combining fragrances – from Ann Gottlieb, founder of Ann Gottlieb Associates, who explains the experimental process in making scents for brands like Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Victoria's Secret and Axe.

In the second half of the show, Dave looks at the future of malls with Kevin McKenzie, Chief Digital Officer at Westfield Labs, who explains how he is bridging the digital with the physical to revolutionize the in-store shopping experience.  In the final segment, Dave talks to Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive in Residence with T2VC (a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm), who explains how the education world can do a better job in creating and evaluating an innovative culture.


5/19/15 - Making Great Ideas Happen, Drones (Scott Belsky, Bill Haney, Dr. Ernest Earon, Matthew McCreight)

How do we make great ideas happen? Host Dave Robertson is first joined by Founder and CEO of Behance and Adobe's VP of Mobile Products, Scott Belsky. Learn how to overcome the obstacles to bring a concept from vision to reality. Then, a behind-the-scenes look at one company that is trying to revolutionize the housing industry. Bill Haney, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Blu Homes, Inc., joins Dave to discuss how his factory-made homes could be the answer to construction nightmares.

After that, Dave explores the potential of drones. His guest is Dr. Earnest Earon, President and Co-Founder of PrecisionHawk, who discusses how to introduce aerial technology into a variety of industries. The final guest is Matthew McCreight, Senior Partner at Schaffer Consulting, who explains how to restructure a business model to create a competitive advantage.


5/12/15 - Company Structure and Transformations (John Kotter, Joel Gurin, Philip Evans, Brian Robertson)

Host Dave Robertson is first joined by John Kotter, NYT Best-selling author, Harvard Professor, and Founder of Kotter International, who explains how you can create a volunteer army of employees that will help transform your business. Next, Dave talks to Joel Gurin, President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprises, (a new Washington-based nonprofit that promotes the use of open data for social and economic impact), who talks about how you can best utilize the available resources of information to harness the next great idea.

After that, we hear from Philip Evans, Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, who discusses what it takes to become a digital disruptor, and how you can know if your company is prepared for the next wave of changes.  Dave's final guest is Brian Robertson, Founder of the operating system for companies known as Holacracy; he's the author of the upcoming book "Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World."


5/5/15 - Mobile Medical & Payment Technologies (Greg Levey, Alix Murphy, Leonard Speiser, Danny Shader)

Host Rahul Kapoor first welcomes Greg Level, Co-Founder of Figure1, who talks about the use of social media and apps in the medical space. His second guest is Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst, WorldRemit, who talks about the increasing use of mobile money/payments internationally and what role her company plays there.

After that, Rahul speaks with Leonard Speiser, CEO of Clover, who discusses his company's modern version of a cash register. The final guest on the show is Danny Shader, Founder and CEO of PayNearMe, another company in the growing mobile payment space.


4/28/15 - Internet of Things (Emanuele Angelidis, Josh Corman, Thomas Worley, Santiago Merea)

Host Rahul Kapoor focuses this program on the Internet of Things. His first guest is Emanuele Angelidis, CEO of Breed Reply, an incubator that focuses on startups. Next up is Josh Corman, Founder of I Am The Cavalry, a company focused on cyber security.

 

 

After that, Rahul speaks to Thomas Worley, Founding Member and CEO of DADO labs, which works to help established brands stay relevant.  The final guest is Santiago Merea, Founder and CEO of Orange Chef, who talks about his company and the online category of “connected kitchens” in general.


4/21/15 - Mitch Cohen & John Sviokla, Eamon Kelly, Gavin Kelly

Many of today's self-made billionaires worked for other companies before they made their riches. Why couldn't their employers hold on to them and capitalize on that great talent? Host Dave Robertson is joined by Vice Chairman at PWC, Mitch Cohen, and head of Global Thought Leadership at PWC, Dr. John Sviolkla, who talk about their latest work, "The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value," on what lessons organizations can learn about attracting high-value talent.

Dave's second guest is Eamonn Kelly, Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and CMO of Strategy & Operations at Deloitte, who explains one of their latest reports, "Business Ecosystems Come of Age." They discuss how the rules for managing are quickly changing and why traditional business practices may no longer be effective  Dave's last guest is the Co-Founder of Artefact, Gavin Kelly, who explains what companies should value in a start-up mentality.


4/14/15 - Mark Randall, David Yoffie, Alex Algard, Mick Ebeling

Host Dave Robertson talks first to Mark Randall, Chief Strategist and VP of Creativity at Adobe, who explains how a little red box is bringing innovation to Adobe - and how other companies are using his idea to spark creativity in their own teams.

Then - Steve Jobs, Andy Grove and Bill Gates all had their unique paths to success in the tech sector, but what business strategy did they all share? David Yoffie, Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School, discusses his book "Strategy Rules," and explains the commonalities that these innovative giants all practiced.

In the second half, Whitepages CEO and Founder Alex Algard explains how his 18-year-old business has been able to adapt to the changing times, introduce new products, manage a growing staff, and still not lose sight of its start-up mentality.

Finally, from 3D-printed prostetics to helping those with paralysis communicate, Mick Ebeling, CEO of Not Impossible Labs, explains how he is using technology to improve humanity.


Episode 25 - Innovation Navigation at the New York International Auto Show

Dave Robertson hosts a special edition of Innovation Navigation from the New York International Auto Show.  He talks with Nissan executives who are unveiling some new products at the show.  The guests are:

 

Roel de Vries, Corporate VP and Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy for Nissan Motor Co.

Shiro Nakamura, Senior VP and Chief Creative Officer for Nissan

Fred Diaz, Senior VP of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America

Pierre Loing, VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America

Mike Drongowski, Chief Product Specialist for Nissan's Maxima


3/31/15 Extra - John Venhuizen (Full Interview)

Hear Dave's full, uncut interview with the CEO of ACE Hardware Corp., John Venhuizen.  They discuss how the company has stayed competitive over the years against bigger rivals like Home Depot and Lowes.

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3/31/15 - Josh Stein, Rowan Gibson, Ty Liotta, John Venhuizen

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Josh Stein, the CEO and Co-founder of AdhereTech, who describes the process of developing his "smart" pill bottles and the growing field of digital health. Next, Rowan Gibson, the Co-founder of InnovationExcellence.com, joins Dave to talk about his book "The Four Lenses of Innovation."

In the second half, Dave starts with the business of April Fools. From 5-star meals out of Keurig K-Cups to unicorn drinking horns, Ty Liotta, VP of Product Development for ThinkGeek, gives Dave an inside look at the development of prank products.  In the final segment Dave talks to the CEO of ACE Hardware Corp., John Venhuizen, about how the company has stayed competitive over the years against bigger rivals like Home Depot and Lowes.


3/24/15 - Steven Krupp, Paul Paetz, Rob Burns

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Steven Krupp, Senior Managing Partner at Decision Strategies International and author of "Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future," who discusses the essential skills that are needed to be a great strategic leader and how you can break through the uncertainty that lies ahead for your organization.

Next, he talks with Paul Paetz, CEO of Innovative Disruption and author of "Disruption by Design," who explains how you can identify the products and ideas that will allow you to break through and become a market leader.

Finally, Dave welcomes Rob Burns, CEO of Predictify.me, who is working with the United Nations to use analytics as he tries to predict human behavior.

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3/10/15 - Dan DiMicco, Jeremy Gutsche, Ellen Lupton, Adam Crystal

Host Dave Robertson first speaks to Dan DiMicco, the former CEO of Nucor and author of "American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness."  DiMicco discusses how we can improve manufacturing in this country and what lessons we can learn by studying the U.S. steel industry.  Next, Dave talks with Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of Trendhunter.com and author of "Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas."

After that, Dave welcomes Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, who discusses what it means to be a designer for the people, and the evolving field of great design.  The final guest is Adam Crystal, Co-CEO of Silver Crystal Sports, who talks about how his business model is shaking up the sports merchandise industry.


3/3/15 - The LEGO Episode - Peter Espersen, Mitchel Resnick, Jonathan Ringen, Angus MacLane

Host Dave Robertson focues on LEGO for the entire program. His first guest is Peter Espersen, head of Community Co-Creation at LEGO. Peter leads the charge for LEGO's crowdsourcing program to develop the next great LEGO design.

Next, Dave covers the academic perspective of this story with Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, who explains why LEGO toys succeed.

After that, we hear from Fast Company's Jonathan Ringen, who recently wrote a piexe where he described LEGO as the Apple of the toy industry.

Finally, it's a look from a company outsider and innovator himself. Dave speaks with Pixar's Angus MacLane, who most recently directed the Finding Nemo sequel, "Finding Dory," but he also has a connection with LEGO. Angus is one of the most recent winners of LEGO Ideas, a crowdsourcing platform for new LEGO designs. His Wall-E model will soon hit the shelves.


 2/24/15 - Mark Barden, Tim Leberecht, Boris Sofman

Dave Robertson talks Mark Barden, who encourages business leaders to celebrate limits and work through the challenges of reduced resources in the book he co-wrote, A Beautiful Constraint. We get a view of using less data and more heart from Tim Leberecht, author of The Business Romantic.

 

Dave finishes with a playful look at robotics with Boris Sofman, Co-founder and CEO of Anki, an entertainment robotics company. Its first product Anki DRIVE, had a very successful launch, bringing entertainment robots into everyday life. 

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2/17/15 - Andy Christensen, Terry Wohlers, Ariel Michaeli, Dr. Simon Lorenz

Host Rahul Kapoor focuses on 3D Printing in the first half of this episode, speaking first with Andy Christensen, Vice President of Personalized Surgery and Medical Devices at 3D Systems, who talks about the use of such technology in medicine.  Next up is Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, who talks about trends in the 3D printing industry.

In the second half, Rahul focuses on app development.  His guests are Ariel Michaeli, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of appFigures, who talks about trends; and Dr. Simon Lorenz, Founder and Managing Director of Klara, a medical app that focuses on dermatology.


Episode 19 - Steve Nedvidek, Andy Didorosi, Karan Girotra, Nir Eyal

In this episode, originally airing on Sirius Channel 111 on January 20th, host Dave Robertson first explores the innovation that occurs at a larger brand.  He talks with Steve Nedvidek, Innovator in Residence for Chick-fil-A.  Credited with inventing the chicken sandwich, Nedvidek talks about how this brand innovates today.  Then Dave speaks to Andy Didorosi, Founder of the Detroit Bus Company, who talks about his efforts to start the transportation company in the economically depressed environment of Detroit, and how he hopes that the city will turn around.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Karan Girotra, Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD and author of "The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company."  Dave's Final guest is Nir Eyal, author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products" (which includes mobile apps).


2/10/15 - Russ Wilcox, Dick Brass, Guy Pross

This week's host, Rahul Kapoor, first welcomes Russ Wilcox, the founder of E Ink Corporation, who talks about his career as an investor and entrepreneur.  As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Business School's Innovation Lab, Russ works with start-ups in software, hardware, science, printing, imaging, robotics, and energy.

The second Guest is Dick Brass, former Microsoft Vice-President and Co-Founder of Volt Boats.  He also discusses his career, including his time at Microsoft where he was part of a team that developed a tablet-like product.

The final guest is Guy Pross, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of 31 Degrees North Innovation Exchange; he's also the fomer Head of Business Development for Better Place.

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2/3/15 - James Kerr, Kevin Ashton, Todd Henry, Thomas Thurston

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes James Kerr, a Partner at BlumShapiro Consulting and the author of "The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change."  His second guest is Kevin Ashton, author of "How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Inventon, and Discovery," who discusses whether some people are born creative and others are not. Ashton is recognized as the person who coined the phrase, "The Internet of Things."

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Todd Henry, Founder of Accidental Creative and author of "Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day."  The final guest is Thomas Thurston, CEO of Growth Science, a research firm that uses algorithms to predict the success or failure of innovations.


1/27/15 - Martin Bruncko, Ron Padzensky, Matt Homann, Tom Andrews

Host Dave Robertson speaks first to Martin Bruncko, Chief Strategy Officer at Aeromobil, which has designed a flying car. What are the practical applications of this technology and are we facing a future of all flying cars? Then Dave talks to Ron Padzensky, author at Augmera.com, which is exploring augmented reality. They talk about what that means and how augmented reality is being utilized by companies now, and in the future.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Matt Homann, a serial entrepreneur whis is the Co-Founder of InvisibleGirlfriend.com an InvisibleBoyfriend.com. He talks about the interest the site is generating and who he and his team are targeting with this venture. The final guest is Tom Andrews, President of SYPartners, a consulting firm. He talks to Dave about bringing new ideas to a business.


Episode 15 - Innovation Navigation at the Detroit Auto Show

Last week, we heard from Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company.

In Part Two of Innovation Navigation's special on Ford Motor Company, host Dave Robertson talks with several more Ford executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  The guests are Don Butler, Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services;  Mark Fields, CEO and President;  Raj Nair, Group VP and Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development;  and Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring.

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Episode 14 - Interview with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company

Innovation Navigation visits the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan to bring you a deep dive into one of the most recognized brands in the United States: the Ford Motor Company.

In Part One, Dave speaks with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company and the great-grandson of Henry Ford himself.  They discuss the ways Ford approaches innovation, the struggle to bring environmental considerations to the fore in the company's leadership, and how ongoing changes in global society are affecting the ways people seek mobility from their automobiles.

Stay tuned for Part Two, where our special coverage from the North American Auto Show continues!

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1/6/15 - Rita Gunther McGrath, Nick Bayer, Max Wessel, Jack Zenger

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor at Columbia Business School, who talks about the changing nature of competitive advantage and how this affects the need for innovation. Next, Nick bayer, CEO and Founder of Saxby's Coffee, talks about how experimentation is playing a vital role in his company's success.

In the second half, Dave looks at successful innovative leaders. First, Mawell Wessel, VP of Innovation Strategy at SAP, discusses the evolving ways his company is bringing innovation to other businesses. Finally, Jack Zenger, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenger Folkman, recently studied the traits that make a great innovative leader. He talks to Dave about the necessary skills to become a role model of innovation.

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Episode 12 - Joshua Wolf Shenk, Nancy Tennant, Jean-Phillipe Deschamps, Carla Diana

In this show, which originally aired on September 16, 2014, Dave Robertson talks first with Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation In Pairs."  His second guest is Nancy Tennant, the Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, who talks about the company's successful turnaround plan.

In the second half, Dave's first guest is Jean-Phillippe Deschamps, Professor Emeritus at IMD, who is the author of "Innovation Governance: How Top Management Organizes and Mobilizes for Innovation."  Finally, Dave speaks with Carla Diana, a product designer and creative consultant who is the author of "Leo the Maker Prince."


In this archival episode, Dave talks first with Roger Dooley, Author of "Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Customers With Neuromerketing."  He talks about how understanding customer psychology can affect not only marketing, but also innovation in product design as well.

Next, we hear from Dr. Dean Schroeder, co-author of "The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas."  He tells us why it is important to not jsut look at Innovation from a top-down perspective, but look for ideas from front-line employees as well.

Finally Drew Marshall, Founder and Principal of Primed Associates, LLC explains how he helps businesses fit both breakthrough and continuing innovation into their practices and culture by finding the right "points of entry" for a given situation.

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12/16/14 - Ron Adner, Chris Trimble, Jesse Schell, Joey Neal

Host Dave Robertson brings back two more of his favorite authors of 2014:  Ron Adnerm Professor of strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of "The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation"; and Chris Trimble, Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration at Tuck, who has writen a number of books, including "How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen," and "Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization."

In the second half, Dave talks first to game designer Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games and author of "The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses."  The final guest is Joey Neal, VP of Digital Products at Makerbot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printer industry.

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For the month of December, Dave is bringing back some of his favorite authors of the past year, as well as speaking with guests about innovation in toys and games.  Up first this week is Mikkel Rasmussen, Director of ReD Associates and author of “The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Challenges.”  Next Dave talks to Scott Anthony, the Managing Partner of Innosight.  Scott talks about the sometimes hard work of innovation, and his book “The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market.”

In the second half, Dave chats with Leslie Scott, the inventor of Jenga.  She talks about how she came up with the game itself, as well as the curious path it took to intellectual property protection… without a patent!  Finally, Brenda Romero tells us about her work as a video game designer, and what innovation challenges one faces during game development.

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12/2/14 - David Burkus, Orkan Telhan, Andrew Brentano, Keith Ferrazzi

Host Dave Robertson talks first with David Burkus, author of "The Myths or Creativity: The TRUTH About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas."  His second guest is Orkan Telhan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts-Emerging Design Practices at The University of Pennsylvania, who discusses how he is using his interdisciplinary design experience to bring a concept for a new educational toy to market via Kickstarter.

Next Andrew Brentano, Co-Founder of Tiny Farms, talks about how he's trying to introduce bugs into the American diet and food system.  Finally Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazi Greenlight, discusses effective virtual team building.

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11/25/14 - Jim Brenner, Ty Montague, Saikat Chaudhuri, Michael Schrage

Host Dave Robertson talks first to Jim Brenner, Founder and CEO of Broad Cove as well as President and CEO of Ecohomes Liberia, who describes how his company is transforming the housing system in Africa. Dave's second guest is Ty Montague, author of "True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform your Business," who talks about what it takes to be a great company.

Dave's next guest is Saikat Chaudhuri, Adjunct Associate Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management here at Wharton, who talks about some of the latest trends in the tech sector and how to effectively bring ideas to market.  Finally, we hear from Michael Schrage, author of "The Innovator's Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments are Worth More than Good Ideas," who is also a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business. He discusses cost-effective ways to bring innovation to your business.

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Episode 6 - Jon Shaeffer, Drew Boyd, Lindon Leader

In this compilation episode, Dave speaks with Jon Shaeffer, Director of New Media for the Minor League Baseball team Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs about the challenges of innovating in a business where your core product cannot change.  Next Drew Boyd, co-author of "Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results" tells us about how thinking "outside the box" may not be as helpful as it seems.  Finally, Dave interviews Lindon Leader, the graphic designer behind the FexEx logo, and its famous hidden arrow.

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In this compilation episode, Dave speaks with Dan Lin about the production and challenges of The Lego Movie.  Next, Daniel Lamarre sheds light on the creative process of Cirque Du Soleil.  Finally, Bill Kelley tells us about the history and innovations behind Jelly Belly.

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Innovation Navigation 11/4/14 - David Owens, Steve Blank, Michael Raynor

In this "best of" episode, host David Robertson chats with three terrific guests.  The first is David Owens, Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation at Vanderbilt University and the Author of "Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation."  Next, Dave talks to Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and academic.  Finally, he speaks to Michael Raynor, Director at Deloitte Services.

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Host Dave Robertson talks first with Playwright and two-time Emmy winnder Glen berger, author of "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History."  Berger talks about his work on the project, which was lampooned by reviewers, loves and loathed by audiences, and boldly envisioned by its producers.  Dave's second gues is Carl Potts, former Editor-in-Chief at marvel and author of "The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling."  The final guest is Joe Alves, Academy Award-nominated Art Director, Production Designer and Director, who talks about his work on the film "Jaws," for which he designed the great white shark.

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Innovation Navigation 10/21/14 - Ed Hess, George Westerman, Sarah Robb O'Hagan, Stephen Shapiro

Host David Robertson talks first to Edward Hess, the author of Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, who explains how neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics can all help to bring your business to the next level. His second guest is George Westerman, Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, who talks about making a transformation to digital easier for your organization.

In the second half, Dave welcomes the President of Equinox, Sarah Robb O'Hagan, who talks about how to innovate in the sporting and fitness world. As the former Global President of Gatorade, Sarah was able to transform the sport drink company into becoming a leader of innovation, and she is doing the same thing in the gym industry. The final guest is Stephen Shapiro, author of Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition.


Host Dave Robertson talks first to David Gray, founder of the business design consultancy XPLANE and author of the book "The Connected Company." He talks about getting your business to evolve, aquiring customers, and strategies to break away from the competition.  Then Dave speaks to Gary Smith, the CEO of Polartec, who is leading the charge in creating new fabrics and textiles in teh clothing industry and redefining what we wear when we go outside.

In the second half, the first guest is John Hunter, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University, who breaks down the history of the word "innovation" and how the term itself has changed over time.  Dave's last gues is Nicole Clemens, Senior VP of FX Networks, who talks about the process of developing original programming and creating iconic characters.  Find out how a network is able to establish a brand identity, and still deliver in shows that are distinct from one another.

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Host Dave Robertson talks first with Ron Ashkenas, Senior Partner of Shaffer Consulting and author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and get Things Done.  His second guest is Claudia Kotchka, whoo successfully led an innovation culture transformation at Procter & Gamble, and who now consults to Fortune 500 companies.  Next up is Joni Fedders, President of Aileron, who talks about her unique approach to helping businesses identify their problems and become more successful, productive, and innovative.  The final guest is Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, a company that has no internal e-mail system and where employees have a four-day work week.  Carson explains how these and other innovations are driving the success of Treehouse.