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Six Pixels of Separation - Mitch Joel’s weekly conversation with business leaders, thinkers, innovators and cultural icons. The show is about insights and provocations on brands, consumers, technology, business and how connected we’ve all become.
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SPOS #926 – Joanna Robinson Unmasks Marvel’s Superhero Business

Welcome to episode #926 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #926. A titan of pop culture commentary and a guiding voice in the realm of fandom is the best way to describe Joanna Robinson. With her profound insights into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and a finger firmly on the pulse of the entertainment industry, Joanna's expertise is unparalleled. Her recent book, co-authored with Dave Gonzales and Gavin Edwards, MCU - The Reign of Marvel Studios, offers a deep dive into the phenomenon that has reshaped global cinema... and turned nerds into the cool kids. Joanna's journey from a senior writer at Vanity Fair to becoming the "Queen of Game of Thrones," as dubbed by SyFy, showcases her unique ability to dissect and discuss complex cultural narratives, making her a beloved figure among fans and critics alike. Her transition to The Ringer, where she appears on shows like The Ringer-Verse and Trial By Content, further solidifies her status as a cultural critic par excellence. I am a comic book collector and lover of all things pop culture. This has not only become big business but a smart industry for all professionals to spend some time thinking about. Our conversation spans the intricate web of strategic decisions that led to the MCU's unprecedented success. From Marvel's acquisition by Disney to the delicate balance of interconnected storytelling and standalone tales, Joanna sheds light on the elements that keep audiences hooked. She also explores the MCU's cultural impact, particularly post-9/11, where a surge in superhero popularity reflected a collective yearning for escapism and heroism. Joanna points out the potential for content fatigue as Marvel's expansive universe grows ever larger across movies, TV shows, and streaming platforms. Beyond the MCU, Joanna and I delve into the broader comic book industry, contrasting Marvel's success with DC's franchise-building struggles and discussing the power of nostalgia in reigniting interest in iconic characters. Joanna emphasizes the untapped potential within Marvel's vast catalog, hinting at exciting directions the studio could explore in the future. MCU - The Reign of Marvel Studios is more than just a recounting of Marvel's rise to dominance - it's an invitation to understand the strategic, cultural, and creative forces behind one of the most influential entities in modern entertainment. Joanna's contribution, alongside her co-authors, offers invaluable insights for fans, aspiring creators, and industry observers alike. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joanna Robinson. MCU - The Reign of Marvel Studios. Joanna’s amazing podcasts. Follow Joanna on X. Follow Joanna on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a result of strategic decisions made by Marvel and Disney, including the acquisition of Marvel by Disney and the interconnected storytelling approach. The cultural shift towards superheroes can be attributed to a desire for escapism and heroism, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11. Marvel faces the challenge of content fatigue as it expands its universe across movies, TV shows, and streaming platforms. DC has faced challenges in building successful franchises, while Marvel has excelled in creating interconnected storylines. Nostalgia plays a significant role in the success of superhero movies, as audiences connect with iconic characters and stories from their childhood. There are untapped potential assets in the Marvel catalog that could be explored in future projects. Comic books offer a diverse range of storytelling beyond superheroes and can be a gateway to discovering new genres and perspectives. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction 01:07 - The Love for Comic Books 03:13 - The Rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe 06:12 - The Cultural Shift towards Superheroes 08:57 - The Acquisition of Marvel by Disney 11:25 - The Marvel Studios Inception Story 15:06 - The Challenge of Licensing Characters 19:23 - The Marvel Cinematic Universe Expansion 23:08 - The Challenge of Content Fatigue 28:28 - The Need for Change in Marvel's Strategy 30:33 - The Difficulty of Replicating Kevin Feige 36:27 - The Haunting History of Marvel's Business Model 38:08 - The Potential of Secret Wars 39:50 - Serialized Movies vs. TV Shows 45:21 - DC's Struggles with Franchise Building 50:30 - The Power and Pull of Nostalgia 54:33 - Unused Assets in the Marvel Catalog 55:51 - Changing Perspectives on Comic Books
4/7/202459 minutes, 47 seconds
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SPOS #925 – Russ Neuman On How AI Will Make Us Smarter

Welcome to episode #925 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #925. The transformative impact of artificial intelligence on business and society is going to be a technological shift unlike anything we have ever experienced. Russ Neuman, a distinguished scholar in new media and digital education, is currently a Professor of Media Technology at New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. With a storied career that spans from the University of Michigan to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Russ has been at the forefront of understanding and shaping the digital landscape. Russ' recent book, Evolutionary Intelligence - How Technology Will Make Us Smarter, delves into the complex relationship between humanity and artificial intelligence (a topic that is near and dear to my heart). How can we better navigate the myriad perspectives on AI, from its potential to disrupt employment and amplify polarization to its capacity for enhancing human decision-making and fostering societal advancement. In Evolutionary Intelligence, Russ offers a refreshing counter-narrative to the doom-laden discourse surrounding AI. Russ argues that, rather than fearing the emergence of AI, we should embrace its potential to augment human capabilities and address the cognitive limitations that have bounded humanity since its hunter-gatherer days. By integrating AI into our daily lives — from laptops to headsets — Russ envisions a future where computational intelligence complements human judgment, empowering individuals to adapt to rapidly changing environments. As we delve into Russ's latest book and his extensive research on media technology's impact on society, we have a challenging and thought-provoking discussion that might upend your preconceived notions about AI and offers hope for a smarter, more collaborative future. In an era where the buzz around artificial intelligence swings dramatically between utopian promises and dystopian warnings, Russ stands out with a refreshingly balanced perspective. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:59. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Russ Neuman. Evolutionary Intelligence - How Technology Will Make Us Smarter. Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development - NYU. Follow Russ on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways AI elicits diverse and conflicting perspectives, ranging from doomsday scenarios to optimistic possibilities. Unemployment due to AI may be a gradual transition, and the impact on social unrest may be mitigated by the creation of new jobs. AI has the potential to amplify polarization and hate speech, but efforts are being made to identify and filter such content. The alignment problem in AI raises questions about control and the ability to ensure that AI systems align with human values. The future of work will involve collaboration between humans and AI, with AI augmenting human capabilities rather than replacing them. The redefinition of intelligence and the exploration of new models of decision-making are key to the future of AI. Mistakes and challenges are expected in the development of AI, but the hope is that we will learn from them and ultimately get it right. The impact of media technology on society is profound, influencing various aspects of our lives, including politics, culture, and communication. Artificial intelligence plays a crucial role in media, enabling personalized content recommendations, automated content creation, and data analysis. The future of media technology holds exciting possibilities, such as immersive experiences, enhanced personalization, and advancements in AI-driven content creation. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Diametrically Opposed Perspectives on AI 03:12 - Unemployment and Polarization 07:37 - Regulation and Openness in AI 08:05 - Concerns and Warnings from AI Creators 16:10 - Concerns and Optimism about AI 22:07 - Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Evolutionary Intelligence 25:31 - The Contentious Nature of AGI 28:34 - The Alignment Problem and Control 34:30 - The Role of AI in Work and Professions 43:52 - The Future of Work and Redefining Intelligence 46:50 - Concerns about AI and the Future 51:12 - Hope and Making Our Own Rules 10:00 - The Evolution of Media Technology 20:00 - The Impact of Media Technology on Society 30:00 - The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Media 40:00 - The Future of Media Technology
3/31/202454 minutes
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SPOS #924 – Coco Krumme On The Illusion Of Optimization

Welcome to episode #924 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #924. In her new book, Optimal Illusions - The False Promise of Optimization, Coco Krumme embarks on a compelling journey to unravel the influence of optimization in our society. Coco's diverse pursuits - from running a craft distillery on a rural island to making sculptures and flying a small airplane - give her analysis a unique perspective (far removed from the standard academic fare on the subject). With that, she is an applied mathematician with an impressive background, including a Ph.D. from MIT and significant experience in academia and tech. Optimization, a principle initially rooted in mathematical theory, has dramatically reshaped our world. It dictates everything from the efficiency of airline schedules to the algorithmic matches on dating sites to how we figure out our best days. Optimal Illusions is a fascinating read, as Coco explores the history of optimization, highlighting its journey from America's founding principles to its application by oil tycoons, wildlife ecologists, Silicon Valley technocrats, lifestyle gurus, and beyond. This exploration reveals a complexity where the quest for efficiency - while yielding undeniable benefits - has also led to significant trade-offs, compromising resilience, limiting options, and narrowing perspectives. Coco's work in scientific computation provides her with an intimate understanding of the pitfalls of optimization's reach. She argues that while optimization may offer short-term gains in efficiency, it ultimately fosters a society that is less adaptable and more homogenous. The book challenges readers to consider the hidden costs of optimization - from the erosion of human creativity and flexibility to the potential for creating systems that are fragile and prone to failure. For anyone intrigued by the intersection of technology, society, and human behavior, this episode is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 46:16. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Coco Krumme. Optimal Illusions - The False Promise of Optimization. Follow Coco on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Chapters: 00:00 - The Definition of Optimization 04:50 - The Negative Perception of Optimization 06:18 - Losses Caused by Optimization 10:05 - Figuring Things Out for Oneself 16:18 - Optimization Pre-Pandemic and Post-Pandemic 23:56 - Balancing Discipline and Optimization 26:48 - The Opposite of Optimization 28:50 - Teaching Kids about Optimization 36:08 - The Impact of Artificial Intelligence 45:00 - The Potential of AI and the Skepticism 55:35 - The Power of Optimal Illusions 56:35 - The Perito Moreno Glacier Experience
3/24/202446 minutes, 16 seconds
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SPOS #923 – Andrew McAfee On Embracing The Geek Way

Welcome to episode #923 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #923. He’s a hugely respected thought leader and practitioner at the intersection of technology and business. Andrew McAfee offers a compelling exploration of The Geek Way in his latest book, which redefines our approach to innovation and leadership. As a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Andy has been at the forefront of how technological progress reshapes our world. Andy unpacks the essence of The Geek Way, revealing it as more than just a cultural shift. It's a transformative approach to achieving extraordinary results across industries. The book, characterized by an unwavering commitment to science, speed, ownership, and openness, emerges not only as a pathway to success but as a better model for realizing company goals and fostering innovation. As geek culture transitions from the fringes to the mainstream (look no further than Marvel movies), admired for its dedication to evidence-based decision-making and problem-solving, Andy highlights the profound impact of this mindset on business practices and societal progress. One of the most compelling aspects of Andy’s work is the application of The Geek Way to the realm of artificial intelligence. In an era where AI's potential to revolutionize industries is often met with equal parts enthusiasm and apprehension, Andy provides a balanced perspective. He acknowledges the transformative power of AI as a tool for economic progress while addressing the societal implications of job displacement, advocating for iterative learning and adaptation as keys to harnessing AI's benefits. His previous books include More From Less, Machine. Platform. Crowd, The Second Machine Age (with Erik Brynjolfsson - which I adored), Race Against The Machine and Enterprise 2.0. For leaders, innovators, and anyone curious about the intersection of technology and business, this podcast and Andy’s insights are indispensable. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Andrew McAfee. The Geek Way. Second Machine Age. Race Against The Machine. More From Less. Machine. Platform. Crowd. Enterprise 2.0. MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. MIT Sloan School of Management. Follow Andrew on X. Follow Andrew on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways: Geek culture has evolved from being stigmatized to being admired and accepted. The Geek Way is characterized by norms such as science, speed, ownership, and openness. The Geek Way can lead to better outcomes for companies and is more effective in achieving goals. Leadership plays a crucial role in driving the adoption of the Geek Way and overcoming challenges.  Visionary leaders are not essential for the 'geek way' to thrive in various industries. Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that can accelerate economic progress. Concerns about job displacement and societal implications of AI. Letting go of personal hangups is crucial for embracing new opportunities and growth. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Geek Culture 03:34 - The Evolution of Geek and Geek Culture 09:44 - The Geek Way and Business Geeks 14:11 - The Geek Way and Big Tech 19:11 - The Geek Way and the Post-Pandemic Workforce 25:34 - The Geek Way and Technology Impact 30:53 - Geek Leaders and Their Characteristics 36:55 - The Geek Way in Other Industries 45:21 - The Heart of Science 46:09 - Geek Way in Solving Wicked Problems 47:38 - Geek Way in Prosaic Industries 47:46 - Artificial Intelligence and its Impact 53:27 - Concerns and Optimism about Artificial Intelligence 56:23 - The Role of Critical and Emergent Thinking 59:48 - Letting Go of Hangups
3/17/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #922 – John Winsor On Revolutionizing Work With Open Talent

Welcome to episode #922 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #922. When work changes, we look to people like John Winsor. John is a truly visionary leader and a driving force behind the open talent movement. As an entrepreneur, thought leader, and global authority on the future of work, open talent and remote work. John's contributions have significantly shaped our understanding and approach to modern employment paradigms. John's role as executive-in-residence at Harvard Business School's Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH) underscores his commitment to exploring the cutting-edge intersections of AI, workforce transformation strategies, and the open talent ecosystem. Through his company, Open Assembly, John has cultivated a content-rich community and strategic advisory services that empower organizations, individuals, and platforms to co-create the future of work together. A pioneer in the open talent and innovation industry, John has spearheaded a global coalition to establish The Center for the Transformation of Work. This ambitious initiative aims to redefine work for a billion people by 2025, showcasing John's dedication to creating more accessible and equitable work opportunities worldwide. John's journey from founding the groundbreaking open advertising agency, Victors & Spoils, to his pivotal roles at Havas and Crispin, Porter + Bogusky (where we first met), illustrates a career marked by innovation and disruption. His expertise in co-creation and open strategy (like using user generated content and influencers long before everybody else) has not only transformed the advertising world, but also provided a blueprint for organizational success in the digital age. In his latest book, Open Talent - Leveraging the Global Workforce to Solve Your Biggest Challenges, John brings his decades of insights into the open talent model for all of us to discover. The book challenges traditional employment models and offers a radical roadmap for leveraging the global crowd. John is a prolific author, including books like Baked In, Flipped, Spark and Beyond The Brand. In this episode, John delves into the essence of open talent, examining its potential to reshape the way we think about work, the gig economy, and the critical role of culture and continuous learning within this new paradigm. He emphasizes the importance of an entrepreneurial mindset and the transformative power of networks in navigating the open talent landscape. From the impact of generative AI to addressing concerns about economic volatility, John's insights provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the shift towards task-based work. He also highlights the significance of community and team-building in an open talent framework. John's contributions to the discourse on the future of work offer an inspiring and pragmatic vision for embracing open talent. If you’re seeking to innovate, adapt, and thrive in business today, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:25. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with John Winsor. Open Talent - Leveraging the Global Workforce to Solve Your Biggest Challenges. Baked In. Flipped. Spark. Beyond The Brand. Harvard Business School. Open Assembly. Follow John on Facebook. Follow John on Instagram. Follow John on X. Follow John on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways: The future of work is shifting towards an open talent model, where individuals have the freedom to work on specific tasks and projects rather than being tied to traditional roles. Companies need to adapt to this new model by rethinking their organizational structures, embracing remote work, and creating platforms that connect talent with opportunities. Continuous learning and upskilling are crucial in an open talent world, as individuals need to stay relevant and adaptable to changing demands. Culture and branding remain important, but they should be focused on attracting and retaining talent based on the value and opportunities the organization provides.  Platforms play a crucial role in connecting skilled individuals with opportunities in the open talent market. Generative AI has the potential to significantly impact the open talent landscape, enabling faster and more efficient task completion. Concerns about economic collapse and commoditization arise in the open talent market. Team building and community remain important in an open talent framework, fostering collaboration and connection. Work should be seen as an aspect of life, and individuals should derive their self-worth and identity from a broader range of experiences and relationships. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Background 01:20 - Controversial Perspective on Open Talent 03:02 - The Changing Landscape of Work 04:26 - The Challenges for Business Leaders 10:26 - The Impact of the Gig Economy 11:46 - The Debate on Employee Benefits 13:08 - Task-Oriented Approach vs. Role-Focused Approach 14:40 - The Importance of Continuous Learning 17:21 - The Evolution of the Freelance Economy 19:35 - The Need to Rethink Organizational Structures 21:51 - The Role of Culture in an Open Talent World 26:16 - Preparing Individuals for an Open Talent World 30:08 - The Role of Branding and Culture 36:03 - The Importance of an Entrepreneurial Mindset 38:56 - The Power of Networks and Micro-Entrepreneurship 42:27 - Transition to Open Talent 43:14 - Impact of Generative AI 44:19 - Open Talent as the Secret Sauce 45:08 - Concerns about Economic Collapse 46:16 - Global Market and Commoditization 47:39 - Team Building in an Open Talent Framework 51:18 - Work as an Aspect of Life 56:10 - Personal Experiences that Shaped Perspective
3/10/20241 hour, 25 seconds
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SPOS #921 – Lisen Stromberg On Shaping The Future Of Work

Welcome to episode #921 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #921. In a transformative era for the global workplace, Lisen Stromberg guides leaders towards creating more inclusive and innovative work cultures. As the CEO and Co-founder of PrismWork, Lisen has dedicated the latter half of her career to reshaping the way businesses approach leadership and workplace dynamics. Her latest contribution to this work is her new book, Intentional Power - The 6 Essential Leadership Skills for Triple Bottom Line Impact (co-authored with Corey Jones and JeanAnn Nichols), which serves as a compass for those navigating the complexities of modern leadership. The book emphasizes the importance of empathy, inclusivity, and strategic leadership in achieving a triple bottom line impact. It also outlines six essential leadership skills crucial for navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the future of work. From the impact of AI on various professions to the rejection of traditional educational paths, Lisen and her co-authors explore the multifaceted nature of leadership in the 21st century. Lisen's journey from a successful career in marketing to a leader in culture innovation and leadership transformation is marked by a critical insight: The work environment matters as much as the work itself. This realization propelled her towards establishing PrismWork, where she and her team have been instrumental in fostering workplaces that not only prioritize productivity but also embrace diversity and inclusivity as core values. In this episode, Lisen (who also authored, Work Pause Thrive) breaks down the current shift in workplace culture (and what we need to do about it). She delves into the nuances of building inclusive cultures amidst the tensions of wokeism, the fragility of the economy, and the evolving nature of capitalism. With the rise of "power skills" in job descriptions and the competitive job market's demand for deep culture, Lisen's insights offer guidance for leaders striving for excellence in a rapidly changing world. She also deep-dives on the rise of women entrepreneurs and the impact of motherhood on career trajectories. By advocating for Intentional Power, she underscores the need for leaders to wield their influence with purpose and empathy, shaping a future where work is not just about profitability, but also about creating value for all stakeholders. Lisen's mission is clear: To inspire leaders to use their power intentionally for the collective good. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:35. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Lisen Stromberg. Intentional Power - The 6 Essential Leadership Skills for Triple Bottom Line Impact. Work Pause Thrive. PrismWork. Follow Lisen on LinkedIn. Follow Lisen on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways: The meaning of work and workplace culture have dramatically changed, driven by a new generation of talent with a collaborative and inclusive approach. Building inclusive cultures requires the development of power skills such as humility, empathy, accountability, resiliency, transparency, and inclusivity. The future of capitalism lies in stakeholder capitalism, which focuses on meeting the needs of a myriad of stakeholders and creating sustainable long-term solutions. Leadership is not limited to those at the top; individuals at every level have a role and responsibility in shaping workplace culture. The impact of AI on the future of work raises concerns about job displacement and the need for continuous learning and adaptation.  The “middle years” of the future of work are a critical period that requires careful navigation to avoid negative consequences. While there is a growing rejection of college education, essential careers such as plumbing, electricians, nurses, and doctors will still be in demand. Supporting humans in the future of work requires a shift towards capitalism for good, where meaningful services and support are provided to employees. Empathy is a crucial trait for leaders, and there are three types of empathy: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and compassion empathy. The optionality of employees and the shift in power dynamics in the workplace require a focus on ‘power with’ rather than ‘power over’. The rise of women entrepreneurs highlights the need for better support and infrastructure for freelancers and self-employed individuals. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Background 01:18 - The Changing Landscape of Workplace Culture 03:21 - The Shift in Identity and Meaning of Work 04:48 - The Importance of Culture in the New Way of Working 06:06 - The Challenges of Building Inclusive Cultures 07:32 - Navigating the Tensions of Wokeism and Inclusion 10:31 - The Fragility of the Economy and the Future of Capitalism 12:46 - Sustainable Culture in the Face of CEO Tenure 15:07 - Empowering Middle Management for Cultural Transformation 16:26 - The Challenge of Building Deep Culture in a Competitive Job Market 19:09 - The Rise of Power Skills in Job Descriptions 20:37 - Balancing Rigor and Performance with Humanity and Empathy 28:18 - Navigating Ageism and the Changing Workforce 30:22 - The Impact of AI on the Future of Work 39:15 - The Rejection of College and the Need for Essential Careers 40:09 - Supporting Humans in the Future of Work 42:22 - The Importance of Empathy in Leadership 43:45 - The Nuances of Empathy and the Three Types 45:47 - The Optionality of Employees and the Shift in Power 47:13 - The Shift from ‘Power Over’ to ‘Power With’ 48:10 - The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs 49:19 - The Chasm Between Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed 51:33 - Difficult Conversations and the Future of Connectivity
3/3/202456 minutes, 35 seconds
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SPOS #920 – Alan Eagle On Learned Excellence At Work

Welcome to episode #920 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #920. Alan Eagle is a senior executive communications expert and co-author of the recently published book, Learned Excellence - Mental Disciplines For Leading And Winning From The World’s Top Performers. The book delves into the nuances of mental toughness, the intricate balance between nature and nurture, and the pivotal role of effective communication in fostering leadership and excellence. Alan co-wrote the book with Eric Potterat. One of Eric’s many accolades is that he served for 10 years as the psychologist for the US Navy SEALs, and was responsible for the mental assessment, selection, development, maintenance and enhancement programs for the SEALs. Alan is no slouch either. He worked for over 16 years as a Managing Director at Google, where he was also the speechwriter for influential Googlers like Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Marissa Mayer, and Susan Wojcicki. Alan is also the co-author of How Google Works (with Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg) and Trillion Dollar Coach - The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell (also with Schmidt and Jonathan). In a world increasingly polarized and challenging to navigate, Alan addresses how individuals and organizations can stay true to their core values, even as they grow and evolve. He highlights the crucial role of maintaining these values, not just for personal integrity but also for organizational coherence and success. Alan also explores the idea of managing people in an outcome-focused environment. He advocates for a process-oriented approach, emphasizing the journey over the destination. This perspective, he argues, is not just applicable at the corporate level but resonates universally across various levels and types of organizations. Alan offers profound insights into the realms of leadership, communication, and personal development. His experiences and perspectives provide valuable lessons on resilience, the pursuit of excellence, and the art of effective communication, essential for anyone looking to excel in today's dynamic world. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Alan Eagle. Learned Excellence - Mental Disciplines For Leading And Winning From The World’s Top Performers. Co-author Eric Potterat. Trillion Dollar Coach - The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell. How Google Works. Follow Alan on LinkedIn. Follow Alan on X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways: Mental toughness is essential for performing well under pressure, and it can be developed through practice and training. Excellence is not limited to high-stress situations. It can be achieved in everyday life. Values and identity play a crucial role in achieving excellence, both individually and within a team or organization. Leaders can create a culture of excellence by exemplifying the principles of learned excellence and fostering open communication and trust. In a polarized world, it is important to focus on shared values and create an inclusive environment that respects diverse perspectives.  Core values should be upheld even as a company grows and faces new challenges. Focusing on the process rather than just the outcome leads to better results. Process is a universal truth that can be applied at any level and in any organization. Compelling communications are about understanding what the audience is interested in. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Background 03:06 - The Importance of Mental Toughness 08:26 - The Difference Between High-Stress Situations and Everyday Stress 11:37 - The Role of Nature vs. Nurture in Developing Mental Toughness 14:48 - The Connection Between Excellence and Identity 18:43 - Applying the Principles of Learned Excellence in Personal Life 23:33 - Creating a Culture of Excellence in the Workplace 28:01 - The Role of Communication in Leadership and Excellence 31:46 - Leadership and Excellence in a Changing World 43:46 - Navigating Values in a Polarized World 47:36 - The Value of 'Don't Be Evil' 50:30 - Managing People in an Outcome-Focused World 53:42 - The Universal Truth of Process 57:08 - The Power of Compelling Communications
2/25/202457 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #919 – Todd Rogers On How To Write For Busy Readers

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #919. In a world of information overload, Todd Rogers, a Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, recently published the book, Writing for Busy Readers - Communicate More Effectively in the Real World (co-authored with Jessica Lasky-Fink), as a testament to their understanding of the nuances of better writing in our text and emoji-paced world. Todd has dedicated his career to the study of efficient communication strategies, whether it's engaging with families, students, consumers, employees, or voters. His expertise is not just academic, it is also deeply rooted in practical applications, as evidenced by his co-founding of the Analyst Institute and EveryDay Labs. These organizations reflect his commitment to using behavioral science for public good – from improving voter communications to reducing student absenteeism through better family engagement. At Harvard, Todd's course, The Science of Behavior Change, is one of the most sought-after classes, a testament to his ability to translate complex theories into actionable knowledge. His role as the faculty chair of the executive education program Behavioral Insights and Public Policy, and his leadership of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group, further highlight his central position in the landscape of behavioral science. In Writing for Busy Readers, Todd (alongside Jessica), dives into the challenge of writing effectively in a society that is bombarded with tasks and distractions. They champion the principles of brevity and clarity, advocating for the power of concise messages in capturing and retaining the attention of busy readers. Their book is a must-read for anyone looking for the balance between being informative and being succinct. Todd discusses the importance of standout subject lines, the pitfalls of overusing adjectives and common phrases, and the relationship between writing and persuasion. Todd addresses the impact of generative AI on writing, revealing his insights on how technology can aid in the principles of effective communication. Todd and Jessica's work is not just about writing - it's about understanding and engaging with the reader's context and perspective. His insights offer a roadmap for writing in a way that resonates in a society where time is the most precious commodity. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:40. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Todd Rogers. Writing for Busy Readers - Communicate More Effectively in the Real World. Jessica Lasky-Fink. Harvard Kennedy School of Government. EveryDay Labs. Follow Todd on X. Follow Todd on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways: Writing for busy readers requires brevity and clarity. Consider the reader's context and perspective when crafting written communication. Skimming and scanning are common reading behaviors in a busy society. Subject lines should be unique and attention-grabbing to capture the reader's attention. Avoid overusing adjectives and replace common phrases with more concise alternatives. Effective writing is closely related to persuasion and the ability to make it easier for readers to understand and respond. Generative AI tools like chat GPT can assist in writing, but they need to be trained on the principles of effective communication. Teaching effective writing strategies in schools can help individuals communicate more effectively in various contexts. Acknowledging others' efforts and providing positive feedback can have a significant impact on their well-being. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Background 01:15 - The Principle of 'Less is More' 04:18 - The Impact of a Busy Society 06:32 - The Burden of an Infinite Queue 08:01 - The Importance of Being Brief 10:07 - The Evolution of Reading and Writing 12:28 - The Art of Skimming and Scanning 17:23 - The Impact of Context and Emojis 19:37 - The Renaissance of Writing 20:36 - The Paradox of Writing More 25:38 - Understanding the Reader's Context 27:41 - The Challenge of Sarcasm and Miscommunication 29:23 - The Power of Impactful Words 46:25 - The Power of Subject Lines 47:53 - The Overuse of Adjectives 50:26 - Phrases, Persuasion, and Effective Writing 52:38 - The Impact of Generative AI on Writing 55:42 - Making Writing Easier for Readers 57:16 - The Importance of Acknowledgment
2/18/202456 minutes, 40 seconds
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SPOS #918 – David Rogers On The Digital Transformation Roadmap

Welcome to episode #918 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. In an era where digital transformation is not just a buzzword but a survival strategy, David Rogers is a world-renowned expert on digital transformation and a distinguished member of the Columbia Business School faculty. He has authored five influential books, including his latest, The Digital Transformation Roadmap, which dives deep into the challenges and strategies crucial for organizations navigating the rapid currents of digital change. David addresses a critical concern: Why do 70% of businesses falter in their digital initiatives? His answer is a clarion call to organizations worldwide — transformation is not just about revamping products... it's about reinventing the organization itself. David presents a five-step roadmap that guides businesses through the continuous tumult of digital innovation, a methodology resonating with his extensive work with global corporations like Google, Microsoft, and Visa. It's not about the technology, he argues, but about strategy, leadership, and a paradigm shift in thinking. This philosophy, first introduced in his landmark bestseller, The Digital Transformation Playbook, has been a guiding light for numerous organizations, and is now more relevant than ever. So if you’re thinking about everything from blockchain, the hype and reality of Web3, the future of artificial intelligence, and new business models necessitated by digital transformation, we’re here for it. David’s insights on the impact of Covid-19 on decentralizing platforms and the need for a customer and business-centric approach, rather than a technology-alone focus, are particularly enlightening. His approach is both pragmatic and visionary. He emphasizes the importance of shared vision, problem selection, and innovative leadership in driving successful digital transformation. His ideas on managing growth, nurturing talent, and fostering a culture conducive to innovation are invaluable for any leader navigating the digital age. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:42. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Rogers. The Digital Transformation Roadmap. The Digital Transformation Playbook. Follow David on Substack. Follow David on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Takeaways: Digital transformation is not just about technology, but about the business and the customer. Successful digital transformation requires a shared vision, problem selection, and strong leadership. The five steps of digital transformation are defining a shared vision, picking the problems that matter most, validating new ventures, managing growth at scale, and growing technology, talent, and culture. Centralized and decentralized platforms are a topic of discussion in the digital era, with implications for social media, databases, and more.  Blockchain and AI have limitations and should be applied strategically to solve specific problems. The future of AI holds both opportunities and challenges, and it will redefine knowledge and identity. Successful digital transformation requires empowering individuals and teams at all levels of the organization to drive change. Chapters: 00:00 - Introduction and Background 01:05 - The Digital Transformation Roadmap 02:02 - The Challenges of Organizational Transformation 13:17 - The Failure Rate of Digital Transformation 14:24 - The Five Steps of Digital Transformation 18:03 - Rapid Testing and Learning vs. Moving Fast and Breaking Things 23:03 - Foundational Customer Behaviors in the Digital Era 25:36 - The Evolution of Subscription Models 30:11 - The Impact of Cloud Computing on Business Models 32:17 - The Challenges of Digital Transformation in Government 38:44 - The Need for Cultural Change in Organizations 44:04 - Centralized vs. Decentralized Platforms 47:16 - Web3 and Solving Problems 53:05 - The Future of Artificial Intelligence 59:32 - New Business Models in Digital Transformation 01:05:06 - Empowering Individuals and Teams in Strategy
2/11/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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SPOS #917 – Henna Pryor On Embracing Your Awkward

Welcome to episode #917 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #917. Can being awkward be a superpower at work (and life)? Henna Pryor knows it can. She is an executive and performance coach and is a beacon of authenticity and transformation. Henna’s approach to coaching, deeply rooted in real-world experiences, breaks away from conventional methodologies, focusing instead on embracing the uncomfortable to unlock one’s true potential. Her latest book, Good Awkward - How to Embrace the Embarrassing and Celebrate the Cringe to Become The Bravest You, is a refreshing take on personal and professional growth. In a world where polish and perfection often overshadow authenticity, Henna’s book serves as a guide to harnessing the power of awkward moments. She asserts that it is in these moments of discomfort that we find opportunities for significant growth and bravery. The realness in her book, makes it a compelling read for anyone looking to break free from the fear of judgment and embrace their authentic selves. Yes, it’s time to rethink our relationship with discomfort. Henna posits that what we often avoid or cringe at can be the very catalyst for our most profound development. Her book is filled with actionable advice, personal anecdotes, and thought-provoking exercises designed to help individuals step into their bravery. In her role as the founder of Pryority Group, Henna has worked with numerous professionals, helping them to navigate career transitions, overcome leadership challenges, and achieve their goals. Her work extends beyond individual coaching. She has been instrumental in guiding organizations through cultural transformations, emphasizing the importance of vulnerability and open communication in building strong, cohesive teams. Let’s shed some light on the unconventional paths to leadership and personal development, with Henna’s perspective on how we can all embrace our true and authentic selves. Enjoy the conversation.... Running time: 59:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Henna Pryor. Good Awkward - How to Embrace the Embarrassing and Celebrate the Cringe to Become The Bravest You. Pryority Group. Check out Henna on ThinkersOne. Follow Henna on LinkedIn. Follow Henna on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/4/202459 minutes, 40 seconds
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SPOS #916 – Brad Pedersen On Big Wins And Big Dreams

Welcome to episode #916 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #916. In the world of business, Brad Pedersen stands out not only as an entrepreneur but also as a storyteller who has managed to weave his unique experiences into valuable business lessons. His journey, marked by creativity and resilience, is an inspiring tale for anyone navigating the complex terrain of entrepreneurship. Brad, best known for his innovative role in the toy industry (brands like Tonka, K'nex, Light Brite, Mash'ems, Care Bears and more), has encapsulated his wisdom in his new book, Startup Santa - A Toymaker's Tale of 10 Business Lessons Learned from Timeless Toys. This book is more than a narrative of business success... it is a guidebook that draws parallels between the principles of toy making and fundamental business strategies. Startup Santa delves into the world of timeless toys, unearthing the universal lessons they hold for business success. Brad’s approach is unique - he uses the simplicity and creativity of toys to explain complex business concepts, making them accessible and engaging. The book serves as a testament to his belief in the power of storytelling as a tool for learning and inspiration. Throughout his career, Brad has exemplified the spirit of innovation. As the founder of TechOutsiders and a seasoned entrepreneur, he has continuously pushed the boundaries of what's possible, turning ideas into tangible success stories. His journey is dotted with challenges and triumphs, each contributing to his deep understanding of the business landscape. Brad's passion for entrepreneurship is matched by his commitment to mentoring and supporting other aspiring entrepreneurs.Through his speaking engagements and writings, he shares his journey with a wider audience, inspiring others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. He’s currently also running the business of Pela (the world’s first compostable phone case) and Lomi (the world's first smart waste device that turns organic waste into soil supplement while you sleep). How can you dream big, generate business ideas for products that people don’t even know they will need (and love), overcome massive obstacles and keep going? Listen in. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Brad Pedersen. Startup Santa - A Toymaker's Tale of 10 Business Lessons Learned from Timeless Toys. Pela. Lomi. Follow Brad on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/28/20241 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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SPOS #915 – Alex Tapscott On Web3 And The Future Of Tech

Welcome to episode #915 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #915. In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, Alex Tapscott, demystifies the complexities of finance, blockchain, and Web3. As an author, speaker, and more, Alex’s insights are carving a path for understanding the next wave of internet evolution. His latest book, Web3 - Charting the Internet's Next Economic and Cultural Frontier, is a seminal work in the blockchain and digital assets space. It offers a deep exploration of how Web3 is not just a technological leap, but a radical shift in how we perceive and interact with the digital world. This book is more than a guide, it's a window into a future where decentralization, blockchain technology, and digital assets redefine our economic and cultural norms. Alex, also the Managing Director of the Digital Assets Group at Ninepoint Partners, one of Canada’s leading investment firms, with more than $8 billion in assets under management, provides a detailed analysis of how Web3 represents a significant departure from the current internet landscape. He is also the author of Blockchain Revolution, Financial Services Revolution and Digital Asset Revolution. In 2017, Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, and has dedicated his career to understanding and fostering the growth of blockchain technologies. His work at the institute and beyond has positioned him at the forefront of thought leadership in the blockchain space, offering strategic insights to leaders and organizations navigating this new terrain. His expertise extends to the broader financial sector, where his understanding of how digital currencies and assets are reshaping the global economy has made him a sought-after consultant and advisor. His ability to break down complex subjects into accessible narratives makes him an invaluable resource for anyone looking to grasp the nuances of this rapidly evolving field. His writing combines a deep understanding of the technological underpinnings of Web3 with a clear view of its broader implications, offering a holistic perspective on what lies ahead. In this episode, Alex sheds light on the intricacies of Web3, blockchain, and the future of digital finance, offering listeners an in-depth look at the forces shaping our future. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:06:03. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Alex Tapscott. Web3 - Charting the Internet's Next Economic and Cultural Frontier. Blockchain Revolution. Financial Services Revolution. Digital Asset Revolution. Blockchain Research Institute. Digital Assets Group at Ninepoint Partners. Alex’s Podcast: Defi Decoded. Follow Alex on X. Follow Alex on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/21/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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SPOS #914 – Robert Rose On Elevating The Art And Science Of Content Marketing

Welcome to episode #914 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #914. In a digital world where content is king, Robert Rose stands out as a master craftsman (and good friend), shaping narratives that resonate and drive business success. As a seasoned author (Managing Content Marketing, Experiences: The 7th Era of Marketing, Killing Marketing, etc.), consultant, and content marketing rock star, Robert has been at the forefront of defining and refining the strategies that make content a pivotal part of contemporary marketing. Robert’s latest book, Content Marketing Strategy, is a beacon for marketers navigating the choppy waters of the digital age. The book is not just a treatise on content marketing; it's a comprehensive guide to crafting a strategy that aligns content with broader business goals. Drawing from his extensive experience, Robert elucidates how content can be a transformative force, turning audiences into advocates and browsers into buyers. The journey of Robert as a content marketing strategist is one marked by a deep understanding of how stories can shape brand perception and consumer behavior. His work has not only helped businesses find their voice but also fine-tune it to echo across the digital landscape. His approach goes beyond mere content creation, delving into how to manage, measure, and monetize content effectively. As the founder and chief strategy advisor of The Content Advisory, Robert has been instrumental in steering businesses toward narrative-driven growth. His consultancy work has seen him collaborate with global brands, helping them to craft content strategies that are both innovative and impactful. His insights are sought after in boardrooms where the conversation is about turning content into a competitive advantage. Beyond his consulting and writing, Robert is a prolific speaker, bringing his thought leadership to conferences and corporate workshops worldwide. His keynotes are a blend of practical advice, industry insights, and forward-thinking ideas - all delivered with a storyteller's flair. Robert’s contributions to the field extend to his role as a Chief Strategy Advisor for the Content Marketing Institute (which is also the home of Content Marketing World - originally created along with his This Old Marketing podcasting co-host, Joe Pulizzi). Here, he has been a guiding force, helping shape the discourse around content marketing and ensuring that practitioners have access to the latest trends, tools, and tactics. The power of smart and strategic content cannot be denied. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:07:00. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Robert Rose. Content Marketing Strategy. Killing Marketing. Managing Content Marketing. Experiences: The 7th Era of Marketing. The Content Advisory. This Old Marketing. Content Marketing Institute. Content Marketing World. Check out Robert on ThinkersOne. Follow Robert on LinkedIn. Follow Robert on Threads. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/14/20241 hour, 7 minutes
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SPOS #913 – Amy Edmondson On The Science Of Failing (And Succeeding) Well

Welcome to episode #913 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #913. Amy Edmondson, a luminary in the field of business management and education, has cultivated a distinguished career marked by her contributions as a thought leader, educator, and author. Her latest book, The Right Kind of Wrong - The Science of Failing Well, stands as a testament to her profound understanding of organizational dynamics and the art of learning from failure. Amy’s tenure as a professor at Harvard Business School underscores her academic pedigree and her commitment to shaping the minds of future business leaders. Her role extends beyond teaching, as she actively engages in pioneering research, particularly in the realm of psychological safety, a concept she has significantly developed and popularized. In The Right Kind of Wrong, Amy challenges the traditional notion of failure as the antithesis of success. The book delves into the intricacies of failure, distinguishing between unproductive and productive failures. Through her expert lens, Amy categorizes failure into three archetypes - basic, complex, and intelligent - and guides readers on how to leverage these experiences to foster personal and organizational growth. Amy’s work provides a fresh perspective on how individuals and organizations can embrace human fallibility. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing when failure can be an ally and how to prevent it when it’s not. Her resume is as impressive as her contributions to business management. She is the author of seven books and over sixty scholarly papers, published in academic and management outlets, such as  Administrative Science Quarterly,  Academy of Management Journal,  and Harvard Business Review. She is ranked #1 on the latest Thinkers50 ranking of the world’s most influential management thinkers. and has been named the Most Influential International Thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine in 2019, along with countless other accolades. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:14. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Amy Edmondson. The Right Kind of Wrong - The Science of Failing Well. Psychological safety. Amy’s other books and publications. Follow Amy on X. Follow Amy On Instagram. Follow Amy on LinkedIn.  This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/7/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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SPOS #912 – Suneel Gupta On Finding Joy In What You Do

Welcome to episode #912 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #912. Suneel Gupta has emerged as a beacon for those seeking to navigate the complexities of modern work life. His latest book, Everyday Dharma - Timeless Techniques For Finding Happiness In Your Work, addresses a crucial aspect of contemporary professional life: The quest for fulfillment and happiness in our careers. Is there a more pressing professional issue for people these days? Suneel’s journey has been anything but conventional. Once labeled the "face of failure" in The New York Times, he transformed his setbacks into stepping stones for success. As the founding CEO of Rise, a wellness company lauded as App of the Year by Apple, Suneel epitomizes resilience and innovation. His multifaceted career has made him a bestselling author, a renowned speaker, a visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School, and the host of a global documentary series. His explorations into leadership have led him to discover and share simple, actionable habits that enhance performance and well-being. In Everyday Dharma, Suneel addresses a pervasive issue in today's workforce: The human energy crisis. With a world increasingly defined by a relentless hustle culture, many talented and motivated individuals are experiencing burnout. Suneel offers a refreshing antidote to this crisis, exploring how the compartmentalization of work and well-being is failing us and what we can do to refuel ourselves. The book has received widespread acclaim for its motivational approach and practical advice. From turning distractions into inspiration to taking gratitude breaks, Suneel’s insights have resonated with a wide audience. As a speaker, Gupta is recognized for his storytelling mastery, delivering personal experiences in relatable ways that captivate and motivate audiences. His unique blend of American entrepreneurship and the wisdom of his Indian ancestry creates a compelling narrative. Suneel was last on the show to talk up his other book, Backable. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Suneel Gupta. Everyday Dharma - Timeless Techniques For Finding Happiness In Your Work. Backable. Follow Suneel on LinkedIn. Follow Suneel on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/31/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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SPOS #911 – Jay Baer On Winning With Speed

Welcome to episode #911 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #911. Renowned business author, marketing expert and old friend, Jay Baer, has carved a unique niche in the business world, combining a sharp research spirit with a deep understanding of customer experience and marketing. Jay is a 7th-generation entrepreneur, and has founded five companies. During that time he has authored seven business books, contributing significantly to the literature on marketing and customer experience. His expertise as an author has made him a New York Times best-selling writer. His role as a trusted business growth advisor extends to over 700 brands, including 40 Fortune 500 companies, underlining his influence in shaping modern marketing strategies. As a Hall of Fame keynote speaker and emcee, Jay has delivered thousands of presentations globally. His ability to engage and inspire audiences is well-recognized... and he is a hoot to watch. Jay started off as a direct mail specialist, followed by roles in government and environmental services. His early interaction with the internet led to the creation and sale of multiple digital marketing and customer experience companies, including Convince & Convert. Co-creator and co-host of the Social Pros podcast, Jay has been instrumental in delivering enterprise social media strategies through this platform. The podcast's recognition as the best marketing podcast in the 2022 Content Marketing Awards is a testament to this. Jay's latest book, The Time To Win, is a reflection of his continued commitment to providing deep insights into customer service, customer experience, and digital marketing. This new book (based on original research) is the complete guide to exceeding customers’ need for speed. If that were not enough, Jay is also one of the world’s top tequila educators and influencers, including live tequila tastings at corporate events. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:48. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jay Baer. Check out Jay on ThinkersOne. The Time To Win. Check out Jay’s books. Check out Jay’s keynotes. Jay Baer - Tequila Influencer. Follow Jay on Instagram. Follow Jay on X. Follow Jay on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/24/20231 hour, 48 seconds
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SPOS #910 – Ana Lorena Fabrega On School And How To Love Learning

Welcome to episode #910 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #910. Ana Lorena Fabrega, an innovative force in the world of education, has made significant strides in reshaping how we perceive and engage with learning. With a background that spans multiple countries and diverse experiences, Ana’s journey in education is as unique as it is inspiring. Growing up, Ana attended ten schools in seven countries, an experience that undoubtedly influenced her global perspective on education. Her foray into teaching was fueled by a firm belief in lifelong learning and the desire to nurture children's natural love for discovery. Yet, her time in the classroom led to a growing disillusionment with traditional educational models. Ana observed that conventional schooling methods often quash the inherent curiosity and joy of learning in children, prompting her to leave her teaching job in search of alternative approaches to education. Ana’s disillusionment with the traditional education system is evident in her critique of its outdated ideologies. She argues that schools often restrict natural learning environments, hampering children's ability to explore their talents and think independently. Her book, The Learning Game, encapsulates these ideas, offering readers practical tools to redesign learning approaches that go beyond the conventional school system and prepare young minds for life's diverse challenges. In her quest to redefine learning, Ana emphasizes the power of story-driven education. She believes that humans are naturally inclined to learn through stories, which are more engaging and relatable than abstract concepts or formulas. This approach aligns with her view that education should be fun, captivating, and practical, providing learners with relatable role models and real-world applications. Today, Ana serves as the Chief Evangelist at Synthesis, an innovative online learning platform for curious and ambitious kids. Synthesis employs game-based learning strategies, scaling up ideas from Ad Astra, a school co-founded by Elon Musk. This role aligns perfectly with her passion for building learning alternatives that break traditional molds and foster genuine enthusiasm for learning. Ana's work, both as an author and an educator, is a testament to her commitment to transforming the educational landscape. Her approach to learning is refreshing and necessary in a world that increasingly values creativity, innovation, and adaptability. Along with that, she’s also kind of a big deal on Instagram. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:10:15. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ana Lorena Fabrega. The Learning Game. Synthesis. Follow Ana on Instagram. Follow Ana on YouTube. Follow Ana on LinkedIn. Follow Ana on X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/17/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 16 seconds
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SPOS #909 – Joey Coleman On How To Never Lose An Employee Again

Welcome to episode #909 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #909. Acclaimed author, speaker, and expert in customer and employee experience, Joey Coleman, has charted an impressive journey from his roots in a small farming community in Iowa. His career is a tapestry of diverse experiences, from practicing law and working in the White House, to engaging in creative pursuits like graphic art and singing. Joey’s professional expertise lies in enhancing customer and employee experiences. Joey works with a range of clients, from corporations to non-profits, in creating impactful interactions. His innovative approach focuses on designing memorable experiences to improve relationships in the crucial first 100 days, whether it's with customers or employees. As a speaker, Joey shares his insights worldwide, teaching his First 100 Days methodology to foster personal and emotional connections between brands and their audiences. He advises a spectrum of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, sometimes even taking equity stakes in start-ups for long-term partnerships, especially in the renewable energy and technology sectors. Joey’s recent book, Never Lose An Employee Again, builds on his expertise in fostering lasting relationships in business environments (and is a great companion to his first book, Never Lose A Customer Again). This book is a testament to his belief in the power of creating memorable experiences to retain talent in an organization with this ever-changing work landscape. Let’s dive into his philosophies and methodologies, as Joey presents valuable insights for businesses and individuals alike looking to excel in creating unforgettable work experiences. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:16:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joey Coleman. Never Lose An Employee Again. Never Lose A Customer Again. First 100 Days. Follow Joey on X. Follow Joey on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/10/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 13 seconds
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SPOS #908 – Josh Bernoff On The State Of Business Books (And Writing One)

Welcome to episode #908 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #908. When I think about business books... from writing one to the ideas within them, to how the business of writing book works, I think of Josh Bernoff. His latest book, Build a Better Business Book - How to Plan, Write, and Promote a Book That Matters, highlights his deep understanding of the intricate process of crafting impactful business literature, and how to make it successful. His approach is direct, and uniquely hands-on. He dives deep into the creation phase, assisting authors in rapidly defining their book idea and finding the perfect title and subtitle, delivering a one-page book treatment that sets the foundation for their project. His service extends to creating compelling book proposals, including everything from a captivating opening to a detailed promotion plan, ensuring that the manuscript appeals to both publishers and readers. Book projects on which he collaborated have generated more than $20 million for their authors. Before this gig, Josh spent twenty years as the Senior Vice President, Idea Development at Forrester, where he analyzed technology and business. At Forrester (and with co-author, Charlene Li), he published the Businessweek bestseller Groundswell - Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. He has authored, coauthored, or ghostwritten eight business books, including Writing Without Bullshit - Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean. Prior to Forrester, Josh spent fourteen years in start-up companies in the Boston area. Now, he works closely with nonfiction authors as an advisor, coach, editor, or ghostwriter. He has collaborated on more than 50 nonfiction books. Josh writes a blog post on topics of interest to authors every weekday. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:09:44. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Josh Bernoff. Build a Better Business Book - How to Plan, Write, and Promote a Book That Matters. Writing Without Bullshit - Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean. Groundswell - Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. Josh’s Blog. Follow Josh on X. Follow Josh on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/3/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 44 seconds
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SPOS #907 – David Burkus On Building The Best Team Ever

Welcome to episode #907 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #907. What is the future of team dynamics at work? Let's delve into the innovative world of leadership and management with David Burkus, an expert in organizational theory and psychology. David, with his unique blend of academic rigor and practical insights, has continually redefined our understanding of what makes teams excel at work. His latest book, Best Team Ever!, is as a testament to his dedication to uncovering the secrets behind highly successful teams. This book isn't just a compendium of theories, it’s a roadmap drawn from extensive research and real-world examples. David peels back the layers of traditional management structures, inviting readers to explore the core principles that empower teams to achieve their fullest potential. A regular contributor to leading publications and a sought-after speaker, David has made a career of challenging conventional wisdom. His approach blends the latest research with pragmatic strategies, a methodology that has made his work resonate with a diverse range of leaders and professionals. What sets David apart is his ability to distill complex concepts into accessible, engaging narratives. His previous books, Leading From Anywhere, Pick A Fight, Friend Of A Friend, Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity, demonstrate the diverse workplace challenges David has tackled over the years. David consistently offers a fresh perspective on collaboration, innovation, and productivity. So, if you are looking to navigate the complexities of modern team leadership, how effective teams operate and thrive in today's ever-evolving work environments, join us as we explore with the foundational elements that constitute the Best Team Ever! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:56. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Burkus, Best Team Ever! Leading From Anywhere. Pick A Fight. Friend Of A Friend. Under New Management. The Myths of Creativity. Check out David on ThinkersOne. Follow David on LinkedIn. Follow David on X. Follow David on YouTube. Follow David on TikTok. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/26/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 56 seconds
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SPOS #906 – Anne Morriss On How To Move Fast And Fix Things

Welcome to episode #906 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #906. Meet Anne Morriss, a seasoned leadership coach, prolific writer, and an indisputable authority in company creation. Anne has an acute understanding of the modern business landscape, and has devoted a significant portion of her career to exploring and addressing key issues that contemporary organizations face. An advocate for strategic leadership, she has become widely known for her insightful perspectives on the dynamics of trust, speed, and change within the business world. Anne is the co-author (along with her partner, Frances Frei) of the new book, Move Fast And Fix Things - The Trusted Leader's Guide To Solving Hard Problems. The book (and this conversation) is an exploration of the balance between speed and trust in fostering organizational change. He other books include: Unleashed and Uncommon Service. He is also the Co-Founder of The Leadership Consortium. With experiences like her advisory role at Uber during one of the company's most pivotal times, Anne offers piercing insights into the complex mechanisms of corporate action and cultural evolution. Beyond just writing about it, Anne is dedicated to the real-life implementation of her theories. She is a company builder, continually testing and refining her strategies in various environments. At the same time, her work as a leadership coach signifies her commitment to individual growth within the organizational context. Anne also hosts Fixable, a podcast in partnership with the TED podcast network, where she and Frances help to solve workplace problems quickly. The podcast offers deep insights, creating an invaluable resource for leaders aiming to improve their work environment and efficiency. In an era demanding quick results and transparency, Anne is lighting the way, demonstrating that trust-based, swift leadership is not only possible but also key to success. Anne embodies the transformative power of informed, strategic leadership. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:04. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Anne Morriss. Move Fast And Fix Things - The Trusted Leader's Guide To Solving Hard Problems. Unleashed. Uncommon Service. The Leadership Consortium. Fixable. Frances Frei. Follow Anne on LinkedIn. Follow Anne on X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/19/20231 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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SPOS #905 – Mark Schaefer On Crafting Authentic Brands In A Clickbait World

Welcome to episode #905 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #905. A seasoned marketing consultant, keynote speaker and blogger, Mark Schaefer brings decades of experience to a discipline often clouded by buzzwords. Mark is all about cutting through the complexity of digital noise to foster real connections for the brand and their customers. His latest book, Belonging To The Brand, explores the concept of community as a cornerstone of customer loyalty. In it, Mark details pragmatic approaches for brands to earn trust and advocacy, suggesting that the key lies in creating a sense of belonging among consumers. This book is a guide rooted in the principle that meaningful engagement trumps transient marketing victories. Complementing this practical approach to marketing, Mark also recently published, The Most Amazing Marketing Book Ever, which is a collection of diverse perspectives from marketing professionals across the industry, advocating for a collective learning mindset (the authors were culled from his private marketing community). That book reinforces the idea that the most robust marketing strategies emerge from a mosaic of insights. Like me, Mark is a long-time blogger, offering opinions and actionable advice from evolving digital tactics to leveraging social media for genuine engagement. Beyond his writing, Mark prides himself on being an educator, marketing consultant and speaker. His philosophy is simple: Understand your audience deeply and engage with them authentically. If you're looking for insights that are both practical and forward-thinking, we battle it out thinking about where marketing is headed. Take a glimpse into the latest marketing trends and strategies, while also being reminded how enduring principles of community and authenticity can be applied in today's fully-digital world. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:02:04. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Mark Schaefer. Belonging To The Brand. The Most Amazing Marketing Book Ever. Marketing Rebellion. Known. Cumulative Advantage. Mark’s other books. Mark’s Blog. Rise Community. Follow Mark on X. Follow Mark on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/12/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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SPOS #904 – Jason Del Rey On The Retail Battle For Our Wallets

Welcome to episode #904 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #904. In the ever-changing and expanding universe of retail, Jason Del Rey stands as a chronicler of commerce, a journalist who's been demystifying the confluence of retail and technology with a critical yet insightful lens. Jason has been the voice behind the curtain, peering through the glittering facades of retail industry giants (namely Walmart and Amazon) and penning the narratives that shape our understanding of modern commerce. His expertise as a business journalist has graced the pages of Recode, where he's dissected the complex ecosystem of e-commerce, scrutinizing the moves of major players and the seismic shifts they create across the global market. In his new book, Winner Sells All, Jason unpacks the colossal clash between Amazon and Walmart, entities vying not just for market dominance but for the very essence of consumer loyalty. This isn't merely a story of two titans in a tug-of-war - it's an exposé on how their rivalry redefines the contours of retail and the stakes involved in winning the wallets of a global audience. As a journalist, Jason has had a front-row seat to the evolution of retail dynamics, witnessing firsthand how digital strategies have revolutionized consumer behavior and expectations. His book is also much more than a chronicle of competition, it's a lens through which we can view the future of retail, illuminated by the past's lessons and the present's innovations. And, as we all know, it stretched beyond retail into other dimensions like cloud services, healthcare, and more. What Jason offers in Winner Sells All is a treasure trove of insights gleaned from years of reporting and conversations with executives who are (or were) in the mix. He is the host of Land of the Giants: The Rise of Amazon, a narrative podcast series. His exploration goes beyond the surface, diving into the strategies, leadership philosophies, and corporate cultures that fuel these retail juggernauts. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:59. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jason Del Rey. Winner Sells All. Land of the Giants: The Rise of Amazon. Recode at Vox. Follow Jason on LinkedIn. Follow Jason on X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/5/202359 minutes, 59 seconds
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SPOS #903 – Neil Patel On Timeless Marketing In Digital Mayhem

Welcome to episode #903 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #903. In an era bedazzled by emerging marketing platforms and technologies co-mingling with fickle algorithms, Neil Patel stands as a beacon for modern marketers — illuminating not just the untamed frontiers of digital strategy, but also the classic routes that brands should never abandon. Sure, we’re awash with shiny new marketing platforms and tactics (ready for comment marketing?), but Neil reminds us that these are just that: Tools. They are not substitutes for foundational strategies that have stood the test of time — Search Engine Optimization, content marketing, and customer engagement. Sure, digital trends shift, but consumer needs remains constant. Neil's genius lies in his alchemical skills, blending the latest tools with timeless wisdom - all of which has culminated in the success of his own agency, NP Digital. What makes Neil stand out is not only his finger-on-the-pulse insights, but his ability to declutter the digital landscape. His marketing playbooks are veritable treasure maps, where X (not the Twitter X) marks the perfect blend of new-age tactics and old-school strategies. When Neil speaks of conversion optimization, he’s not dismissing the art of crafting a compelling story or the tried-and-true method of A/B testing. He’s layering them with behavioral analytics and data points, evolving the process without losing the essence. His mantra could very well be: "Innovate, but don't alienate." One thing is clear: Innovation and tradition are not oil and water in Neil’s marketing strategy blend. Neil is a New York Times Bestselling author. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Barack Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations. My new business, ThinkersOne, is also a client of NP Digital - so I was eager to chat with someone who has walked a similar professional path to mine, and then intersects again as I become a client of his. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Neil Patel. NP Digital. Follow Neil on X. Follow Neil on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/29/20231 hour, 12 seconds
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SPOS #902 – Charlotte Fox Weber On Exploring Our Deepest Desires

Welcome to episode #902 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #902. A seasoned psychotherapist, an eloquent writer, and a captivating speaker, Charlotte Fox Weber wears multiple hats with an effortless grace that captures the zeitgeist of the emotionally complex world we navigate (and how we think about ourselves and our deepest desires). Here's why Charlotte should be on your radar: Her new book, Tell Me What You Want - A Therapist and Her Clients Explore Our 12 Deepest Desires, is a linchpin in understanding the enigmatic art of human connection to ourselves (and to each other). In a generation awash with self-help books and quick-fix therapies, Tell Me What You Want cuts through the clutter. It steers clear of empty jargon and psychological platitudes, delivering a more grounded and poignant message: It's okay to be a work-in-progress... it's more than okay to be imperfect, and our world isn't all that open to this (see: Beauty filters). Charlotte's book and work with people on the couch is a journey into the labyrinthine corridors of the human mind and heart, asking probing questions and offering not exact answers, but powerful perspectives. Charlotte synthesizes years of clinical practice and academic rigor into a narrative that is deeply reflective and accessible to those who have (and have not) done the self-work. Where Charlotte truly excels, is in her ability to make psychotherapy relatable and demystified. If you're a skeptic who's ever wondered why anyone would pay to talk, this conversation may just change your mind. If you're a firm believer in the therapeutic process, it will only affirm your convictions and possibly deepen your understanding and the work that you're doing. Charlotte truly has a unique way of making psychotherapy seem less like a daunting endeavor and more like an exciting exploration. Her candidness, married to her academic gravitas, makes for an intoxicating blend of intellect and accessibility. She makes you want to lean in, listen, and — most importantly — tell her (and yourself) what you really want. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:16. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Charlotte Fox Weber. Tell Me What You Want - A Therapist and Her Clients Explore Our 12 Deepest Desires. Follow Charlotte on Instagram. Follow Charlotte on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/22/202352 minutes, 17 seconds
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SPOS #901 – Allen Adamson On Seeing The How

Welcome to episode #901 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #901. Navigating the ever-shifting landscape of branding is challenging. Few understand this terrain better than Allen Adamson. With extensive experience in both corporate and academic settings, he offers a unique lens through which to understand the challenges and opportunities that today's businesses face. Allen has contributed to the success of global players such as GE, Johnson & Johnson, and FedEx, with a focus on identifying and delivering what truly matters to audiences. His latest book is Seeing The How - Transforming What People Do, Not Buy, To Gain Market Advantage. Allen makes the compelling case for customer experience as a strategic differentiator. His insights arise from years of multi-sector experience, beginning in the supermarket aisles of Unilever, progressing through advertising firms, and culminating in senior leadership at Landor Associates. As an adjunct professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and Cornell University, Allen shares his insights by adding academic rigor to practical expertise. He's not just a thought leader... he's a practitioner dedicated to actionable solutions. His past books include, BrandSimple, BrandDigital, The Edge, and Shift Ahead. He serves as an expert witness in litigation concerning brand assets and has the trust of media outlets ranging from CNBC to The New York Times. Co-founder and managing partner of Metaforce, Allen brings together a consortium of top-tier industry talent, tasked with identifying and executing high-impact customer experiences. In this episode, we delve deep into the transformative potential of aligning customer experience with brand promise. It's a conversation for anyone invested in the future of building a smarter business through branding and market leadership. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Allen Adamson. Seeing The How - Transforming What People Do, Not Buy, To Gain Market Advantage. BrandSimple. BrandDigital. The Edge. Shift Ahead. Metaforce. Follow Allen on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/15/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #900 – Dan Ariely On Misbelief And Irrationality

Welcome to episode #900 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #900.  Where would I be without Dan Ariely? You will have to listen in to find out. Beyond that, Dan is renowned for his insightful research in behavioral economics, which he simplifies for the everyday reader. His journey into understanding human irrationality began in a profoundly personal way: Recovering from severe burns caused by an explosion. The challenges of his treatments, particularly the agonizing daily baths, led him to question the patterns of irrational behaviors. Post recovery, Dan delved deep into the world of decision-making, keen to figure out how the knowledge from behavioral economics could enhance various facets of life— be it finance, health, habits, or personal relationships. As Dan expanded his understanding, he grew passionate about sharing these insights. His goal? To help people harness this knowledge to elevate their everyday lives. Dan's extensive work, including his great books, Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty (and more), along with the film Dishonesty and The Irrational Game, seeks to make behavioral economics more accessible and relatable. Beyond his writings, Dan holds the esteemed title of James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is also a key figure at the Center for Advanced Hindsight (tongue in cheek, of course). His latest book is called, Misbelief - What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things, which is part freaky memoire (based on a very strange online trope created about him) and part exploration into why we (and our loved ones) might fall into a rabbithole of lies, and how to get out of it. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:38. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dan Ariely. Misbelief - What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things. Predictably Irrational. The Upside of Irrationality. The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty. Dishonesty. The Irrational Game. Center for Advanced Hindsight. Follow Dan on X/Twitter. Follow Dan on LinkedIn. Follow Dan on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/8/202353 minutes, 38 seconds
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SPOS #899 – Cara Brookins On Getting Unstuck

Welcome to episode #899 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #899.  Have you heard the story about the mom who built her own home with her four kids using YouTube videos? That's my friend, Cara Brookins. Cara built software systems for 20 years as a software architect, but when her life crumbled around her, she turned herself into a builder and architect of a different kind… With no construction experience, Cara and her children built a 3,500 square foot house from the ground up by watching YouTube tutorials. Convinced that by building a house, they could rebuild their broken family, she and her kids poured the concrete, framed the walls, and laid the bricks. In the end, they had built a two-story, five-bedroom home. Using real-life examples from her unconventional construction site, Cara now helps organizations by focusing on teamwork, perseverance, and the resilience in each of us to overcome incredible odds. Her tactics of self-empowerment show how to blend an imperfect mix of personalities, talents, and temperaments into a cohesive, unstoppable team. While her story went viral in more than 75 countries and has been viewed more than two billion times, Cara has become a go-to expert for getting people unstuck and moving on their projects in business and beyond. Her first non-fiction book, Rise, is a must-read memoir that traces her family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves. Her latest book, Unstuck - End Procrastination Using The Ancient Psychology Behind How-To Videos, offers the tools your team (and you) can use to overcome procrastination and reshape the way you think about productivity. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:15. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Cara Brookins. Unstuck - End Procrastination Using The Ancient Psychology Behind How-To Videos. Rise. Follow Cara on Instagram. Follow Cara on LinkedIn. Follow Cara on X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/1/202359 minutes, 16 seconds
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SPOS #898 – Michael Bungay Stanier On How To Build The Best Possible Relationships

Welcome to episode #898 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #898.  When it comes to unearthing the real power of coaching and getting the best out of people and the work that they do, few people make it as accessible, engaging and smart as Michael Bungay Stanier. He's both a good friend and a perpetual fountain of wisdom. You might already be familiar with Michael's breakthrough book, The Coaching Habit. It's a tome that's shifted the paradigm for managers and leaders by emphasizing the art of asking the right questions over doling out advice. But that's not where his literary journey ends (and that book has sold well over a million copies). Michael has also authored The Advice Trap, Do More Great Work, How To Begin, and his latest, How To Work With (Almost) Anyone. His work always expands on the importance of navigating complex conversations and leadership scenarios. His works are more than just books - they’re guideposts for those eager to be more intentional, impactful, and, yes, humane, in how they lead. Michael's approach to coaching (and life) is built on the premise that less is often more. He steers clear of abstract jargon and cuts straight to the chase, delivering insights that you can actually implement the moment you step out of our podcast realm and back into your daily grind. His philosophy aligns well with what we’ve always emphasized here on Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast — knowledge isn't just for keeping... it's for doing. With that, grab your notebook (you’re going to want to jot down the gold nuggets he shares), and get ready for an insightful ride. Lastly, Michael is also available to bring his wisdom into your everyday meetings, lunch & learns, and client events at ThinkersOne. As Michael often says, "Stay curious!" Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:05:51. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Michael Bungay Stanier. How To Work With (Almost) Anyone. The Coaching Habit. The Advice Trap. Do More Great Work. How To Begin. Check out Michael on ThinkersOne. Follow Michael on Instagram. Follow Michael on LinkedIn. Follow Michael on X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/24/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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SPOS #897 - Marcus Collins On Brands, Culture And The Path Forward

Welcome to episode #897 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #897. Meet Dr. Marcus Collins, a dynamic brand and marketing figure who has immersed himself in understanding the profound influence of culture on human behavior. Leveraging a rich background that spans roles as a clinical professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and he's the head of strategy at Wieden+Kennedy, New York, Marcus utilizes his deep insights to bridge the gap between theory and practice, helping individuals leverage cultural understanding to induce action. Marcus's acclaim in the advertising and business realms is evident through his multiple recognitions, including a spot in the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, and featured on Thinkers50 class of 2023 Radar List, among others. His strategic and creative endeavors have breathed life into notable campaigns such as "Cliff Paul" for State Farm and Google's "Real Tone" technology. Before stepping into the advertising arena, Marcus co-founded a startup in the music and tech sphere, leading initiatives at giants like Apple and crafting digital strategies for the iconic Beyoncé. More recently, Marcus shares his wealth of knowledge in his bestselling book, For The Culture. I loved reading this book. It delves deep into the nexus between culture and human tendencies. Drawing from a vast reservoir of literature, case studies, and first-hand experiences, Marcus offers readers a roadmap to foster culturally contagious ideas that resonate and induce movement. If you're wondering about the state of brands, how culture impacts sales, and where the ideal communities are, take a listen. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:11:29. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Marcus Collins. For The Culture. Wieden+Kennedy. Follow Marcus on X/Twitter. Follow Marcus on LinkedIn. Follow Marcus on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/17/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 30 seconds
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SPOS #896 – Zeynep Ton On The Case For Good Jobs

Welcome to episode #896 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #896. Renowned scholar and dynamic force in the business academia and consulting world, Zeynep Ton has dedicated her career to scrutinizing the nuances of operational management through a lens that values not just the customers and investors but the employees who are often regarded as mere cogs in the wheel. With her home base at the MIT Sloan School of Management, she leverages her role as a Professor to delve deep into the symbiotic relationship between employee satisfaction, customer service, and investor returns. Her insightful research has graced the pages of prestigious publications like the Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, and Production and Operations Management, making her a formidable voice in the business analysis sphere. Before her tenure at MIT Sloan, Zeynep honed her craft at Harvard Business School for seven years, earning accolades for her exceptional teaching acumen. In 2014, Zeynep pulled together a decade and a half of rigorous research in her ground-breaking book titled, The Good Jobs Strategy - How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits. This work not just chalked out but vivaciously argued that a blueprint of superior returns and outstanding service is incomplete without weaving in investment in employee well-being with operational strategies that spur productivity and morale. Now, she's back with her latest book, The Case for Good Jobs - How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Work. It feels like perfect timing for a book like this, if you look at the workforce and how the economy is moving. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:07. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Zeynep Ton. The Case for Good Jobs. The Good Jobs Strategy. Follow Zeynep on LinkedIn. Follow Zeynep on X/Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/10/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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SPOS #895 – Michael Geist On Meta Blocking News Links And The Future Of Media

Welcome to episode #895 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #895. When it comes to the digital economy, the law and the media, everyone should be following Dr. Michael Geist. Now, more than ever, his voice may be the only "truth" we are seeing in the media as Canada deals with the massive fallout that is Bill C-18 (Canada's Online News Act). My primer on this ridiculous law is here: Big Tech, Big Media, Big Trouble And Big Lies. With that, the issues (and opportunity) bleed well beyond the borders of Canada and should strike fear into anyone interested in our global digital economy. For a long while, Michael has been reshaping the landscape of Internet and E-commerce Law from his academic pulpit at the University of Ottawa. With credentials that read like an academic's dream — degrees from Osgoode Hall, Cambridge, and Columbia — he's not just dissecting law... he's writing it, in real-time, for a digital age. You've likely stumbled upon his incisive columns, where he distills complex technology law issues into digestible wisdom. But wait, there's more. Michael is the maestro behind a slew of copyright books that are nothing short of revolutionary. Titles like, The Copyright Pentalogy, and, In the Public Interest, are shaking the foundations of Canadian copyright law, carving out a new roadmap for the digital era. He's not just penning books... he's also editing monthly technology law publications and running a blog that's become a go-to resource on Internet and intellectual property issues. Michael's reach isn't confined to academia or print... he's a boardroom staple too. Whether it's Ingenium, Internet Archive Canada, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation, his advisory skills are in high demand. He's even steering the digital strategy for Waterfront Toronto, leading it into uncharted technological waters. His influence is such that he was named among the 50 most impactful people on intellectual property globally and among the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, multiple years running. Why does Michael matter? Because in a world wrestling with the ethics and laws of a digital frontier, he's the sage we didn't know we needed, but can't afford to ignore. We dig deep into the media landscape, the mis-step of the government, why Meta proactively decided to no longer allow users to post links out to news websites, and why everyone (no matter where you live) should be paying attention to what Meta, Google and others technology companies are doing. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:13:16. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Michael Geist. Michael’s Blog (which is filled with Bill C-18 brilliance). Michael’s Podcast: Law Bytes. Michael on Substack. The Copyright Pentalogy. In the Public Interest. Follow Michael on LinkedIn. Follow Michael on Twitter/X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/3/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 16 seconds
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SPOS #894 – Dr. Karl Moore On Leadership And Business Across Generations

Welcome to episode #894 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #894. When you live in a city like Montreal, you often get introduced to people who have both "done the work" and are eager to stay connected. A long while back, I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Karl Moore. And, over the years, we have become friends who often run into one another on the streets of Montreal. With a distinguished position at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management and over 25 years as a Fellow at the University of Oxford, Dr. Karl Moore is no stranger to the leadership pulse of today's world. His interaction with CEOs and the new-gen leaders, the millennials and Gen Zs, is not just cursory — it's insightful. Karl's exploration into the world of CEOs started with his Ph.D., leading him to study leadership dynamics and strategic evolution. His McGill MBA course, CEO Insights, has become a unique conduit for 31 CEOs to share wisdom each fall, morphing over eight years into the highly-acclaimed The CEO Series on Bell Media's CJAD radio station. These engaging one-on-one interviews with prominent CEOs find their way into Forbes and Les Affaires, magnifying his reach and insight. Having collaborated with the legendary Henry Mintzberg for two decades on various leadership programs and having seasoned his expertise with eleven years at IBM and Hitachi, Karl's journey into academia reflects depth and innovation. His five-year faculty stint at Oxford's Said Business School adds another rich layer to his profile. Karl recently published his tenth book, Ok Boomers - Working with Millennials and Zs - a discerning look into the dynamic between generations in leadership. His subsequent work, We Are All Ambiverts Now, based on over 750 interviews with C-suite executives, promises to continue the conversation. His recent talk at Harvard and annual teaching at Stanford stand as testimonials to his profound impact on business thinking. Karl's nomination for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership Category acknowledges him as a leading thinker in his field. In the panorama of business leadership and academia, Karl stands as a thought leader, bridging generational insights and pioneering change. Let's dig deep into the world of business, our economy and culture. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Professor Karl Moore. Ok Boomers - Working with Millennials and Zs. We Are All Ambiverts Now,. The CEO Series. Follow Karl on LinkedIn. Follow Karl on Twitter or X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/27/20231 hour, 7 seconds
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SPOS #893 – Robert Glazer On Elevating Yourself (And Your Team)

Welcome to episode #893 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #893. Founder and Chairman of Acceleration Partners, Robert Glazer, has become a significant figure in the realm of global partner marketing. With a knack for entrepreneurship and a passion for excellence, he led his company to a recognizable position in the industry, establishing best-in-class processes for client acquisition, retention, culture, and service. Under Bob's leadership, Acceleration Partners achieved an annual growth rate of 30% over 10 years, receiving over 25 industry and company culture awards. Bob’s portfolio includes extensive experience in digital monetization, customer acquisition, e-commerce, and direct-to-consumer marketing. He has been instrumental on both the buyer and seller side of M&A and served as a board advisor to several high-growth companies. He extends his influence beyond the corporate sphere through his popular weekly inspirational newsletter, Friday Forward, reaching over 300,000 individuals across 60+ countries. Bob's voice resonates as the author of six books, and he hosts the Elevate Podcast. In a world where individuals often pay for things with regrets, Bob exemplifies a disciplined approach. His combination of professional innovation, thoughtful leadership, and personal integrity stands as a beacon in today’s business landscape, embodying a legacy of transformative success. His story encourages us all to strive for continuous growth, both in our careers and personal lives, fostering a strong sense of empathy and community-driven success. His latest book, Elevate Your Team - Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders, is the sequel to Elevate. Bob shares his professional journey and realization at Acceleration Partners during its rapid growth. He provides a playbook for navigating the delicate balance of improving team performance, retaining talent, and nurturing future leaders without inducing burnout. The book serves as a manual for the new era of leadership, focusing on building people rather than wearing them out. It offers actionable strategies to help leaders enhance their skills and enables their teams to reach full potential, creating a results-oriented, learning-driven culture that adapts to the company's ever-evolving growth needs. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:09. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Robert Glazer,. Elevate Your Team - Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders. Elevate. Friday Forward. Elevate Podcast. Acceleration Partners. Follow Bob on LinkedIn. Follow Bob on Instagram. Follow Bob on Twitter or X. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/20/202357 minutes, 9 seconds
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SPOS #892 – Laura Gassner Otting On Finding Success In Wonderhell

Welcome to episode #892 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #892. Friend, author, speaker, thinker and executive coaching powerhouse, Laura Gassner Otting, is not just a catalyst but a virtuoso of ambition. She is someone who traded law school for a spot on a presidential campaign, she’s shaped history, and now, she's sculpting futures (yours and mine). How? By challenging the mediocrity that binds us to our comfort zones. From the White House to her own executive search firm, she’s navigated change like a seasoned captain steering through turbulent seas (and the work world just got much more turbulent). Laura built one of the swiftest-growing search firms, becoming the ally to dreamers and doers across all shades of ambition. Selling her firm was no swan song. It was a crescendo to new heights. These days, Laura’s not just seen on Good Morning America or the Today Show... she's felt in the hearts of her readers, in boardrooms, and on stages. With books like Limitless and her latest, Wonderhell, she’s become the ringleader of a movement and community. Her philosophy? It's not about pursuing success but about defining it. It's a journey from profit to purpose, wrapped up in big ideas, larger-than-life goals, and an audacity that’s contagious. Her community work isn't a footnote... it's a testament. Building schools, running marathons, igniting political action - these aren't hobbies, they're hallmarks of someone ignited by big challenges and bigger ideas. Rebel? Sure. Instigator? Absolutely. Provocateur? Without a doubt. Laura's the embodiment of business acumen with a twist of revolution, served up with a side of ceaseless determination. Let's dig into how we can all be limitless in our dreams without getting trapped in Wonderhell. Before we do, I’m also honored that Laura is one of our Thinkers on the ThinkersOne platform. Want to add big smarts to your meeting? Get personalized video experiences from top Thinkers like Laura to surprise and inspire your team – in-person, hybrid, or virtual! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:14. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Laura Gassner Otting. Wonderhell. Limitless. LGOtv. Sign up to Laura’s newsletter. Check out Laura on ThinkersOne. Follow Laura on Facebook. Follow Laura on LinkedIn. Follow Laura on Instagram. Follow Laura on X (or Twitter). This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/13/202353 minutes, 14 seconds
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SPOS #891 – Joanne Lipman On How To Find Your Next

Welcome to episode #891 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #891. Journalist, media executive and author, Joanne Lipman, is back with a great new book, Next! - The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work (many know her from her previous effort, That's What She Said). Joanne is revered for her innovative leadership across various high-profile media institutions, including USA Today, USA Today Network, Conde Nast Portfolio, and The Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal. Her editorial acumen has guided these organizations to earn a total of six Pulitzer Prizes. Starting her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Joanne shattered glass ceilings to become the first woman Deputy Managing Editor. During her tenure, she orchestrated the creation of Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, leading coverage that garnered three Pulitzer Prizes. Further solidifying her "star editor" reputation, as termed by CNN, Joanne was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio (which was a great business magazine), winning National Magazine and Loeb Awards. In 2015, Lipman achieved another milestone by becoming Gannett's first Chief Content Officer. As the Editor-in-Chief of USA Today and USA Today Network, she skillfully managed over 3,000 journalists across 109 metro newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press and the Arizona Republic. Under her leadership, the network clinched three additional Pulitzer Prizes. Beyond her editorial roles, Joanne is an accomplished speaker, television commentator, and an on-air contributor at CNBC. She shares her vast journalistic experience as a lecturer at Yale University and has been honored as the inaugural Distinguished Journalism Fellow at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. She has also co-authored the highly praised musical memoir, Strings Attached. Her vast accomplishments aptly justify The New York Times' portrayal of her as the "innovator in chief." Joanne explains that her latest book, Next!, is the ultimate guide to reinventing how you live, work and lead, backed by cutting-edge science and inspiring true stories. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:28. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joanne Lipman. Next! - The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work. That's What She Said. Strings Attached. Follow Joanne on Twitter. Follow Joanne on Instagram. Follow Joanne on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/6/20231 hour, 29 seconds
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SPOS #890 – Pico Iyer On The Search For Paradise, Solitude And Society

Welcome to episode #890 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #890. I often think of Pico Iyer. It could be while I travel... it could be while we were in Covid lockdown. His words truly resonate with me on a very deep level. Pico is an acclaimed wordsmith who began his journey in Oxford, England. With the King’s Scholarship at Eton and a Demyship at Magdalen College, Oxford in his kitty, Pico's academic prowess earned him a Congratulatory Double First and the highest accolades in English Literature. In 1980, he joined the teaching fraternity at Harvard, earning a second Master's degree and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters. Since 1982, Pico has delved into full-time writing, weaving tales on diverse subjects from the Dalai Lama (a personal friend of his) to Islamic mysticism, and from the Cuban Revolution to globalism. His body of work encompasses over 15 books, including enduring bestsellers such as, Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and The Art of Stillness. These literary gems have been translated into over 20 languages, amplifying his voice across the globe. Besides his own titles, Pico has penned introductions for over 70 other books, composed a screenplay for Miramax, and written a libretto. Complementing his book writing, Pico has contributed upwards of 100 articles annually to international publications such as Time, The New York Times, and the Financial Times. His knack for insightful storytelling has led him to the TED stage (which is where we first met and connected), where his four talks have garnered more than 10 million views. Pico's life beautifully balances between solitude and society. Since 1992, he has divided his time between a Benedictine hermitage in Big Sur, California, a sanctuary that nurtures his craft, and suburban Japan, where he engages with the rhythm of daily life. His journey underscores the harmonious fusion of stillness and movement, solitude and engagement - a fitting testimony to the art he so eloquently writes about. His latest book, The Half Known Life - In Search Of Paradise, is one that I read with stillness and slowness... like a fine wine. Paradise is many things to many people, and this book is an incredible journey to uncover it. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:71:52. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Pico Iyer. The Half Known Life - In Search Of Paradise. Video Night in Kathmandu. The Lady and the Monk. The Art of Stillness. Pico’s TED Talks. Follow Pico on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/30/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
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SPOS #889 – Kevin Kelly On Tech, Optimism And Living Well

Welcome to episode #889 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #889. Let's delve into the kaleidoscopic journey of Kevin Kelly, a titan of technology and innovation, who launched Wired magazine in 1993 (and happens to be one of my favorite writers and Thinkers about "what's next?"). After seven years as Executive Editor, he still holds the fort as Senior Maverick. Twice during his reign, Wired clinched the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence - the magazine industry's equivalent to Oscars. Flashback to 1984-1990, Kevin wore the hats of both publisher and editor of Whole Earth Review, a journal serving unconventional conceptual news. With Kevin at the helm, it earned the distinction of being the first consumer magazine to cover virtual reality, ecological restoration, and Internet culture, among other trend-setting topics. His 1988 creation, Signal, evaluated emerging digital technologies, effectively setting the stage for Wired magazine. Later, in 2003, he crafted the Cool Tools website to feature daily tool reviews, culminating in a bestseller book, and eventually, the weekly recommendation list, Recomendo, boasting over 60,000 subscribers (of which I am one... and never miss an issue). Kevin's early digital footprint can be traced back to 1985 when he helped lay the foundation for The WELL, one of the pioneers in forming online communities. His tech experiments didn't stop there - he launched Cyberthon in 1990, the first-ever 24-hour virtual reality event, and co-founded the annual Hackers' Conference. Kevin's pen dances across a variety of subjects, from machines turning biological (Out of Control, 1994) to digital economy rules (New Rules for the New Economy, 1998) and the inevitable technological trends of the future (The Inevitable, 2016). His works echo in pieces like 1000 True Fans, and his latest book, Excellent Advice For Living. With a knack for photography, Kevin's snapshots have found home in Life and other national magazines. His nomadic photography journeys culminated in a 3-volume magnum opus, Vanishing Asia, preserving the fading cultures of Asia through 9,000 pictures. As a founding board member of The Long Now Foundation, Kevin promotes long-term thinking, epitomized by their 10,000-year clock and library project. Kevin Kelly's journey illustrates a passion for innovation and an unyielding curiosity about the future. I couldn't be more excited to talk with him. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:49. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Kevin Kelly. Excellent Advice For Living. 1000 True Fans. Recomendo. Cool Tools. Out of Control. New Rules for the New Economy. The Inevitable. Vanishing Asia. Wired. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/23/20231 hour, 1 minute, 49 seconds
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SPOS #888 - Adam Alter On The Anatomy Of A Breakthrough

Welcome to episode #888 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #888. It always exciting to have Adam Alter back on the show. Adam is the scholarly sherpa navigating the neural networks of New York University's Stern School of Business. As an acclaimed Professor of Marketing and Robert Stansky Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow, he finds his second academic home in NYU's Psychology Department. Adam, however, is not confined to the halls of academia. He’s also a celebrated author whose ink has graced the pages of three bestsellers, exploring the compelling world of behavioral addiction, subconscious influences and how to get unstuck. In his book Irresistible, Adam delves into our modern-day addiction epidemic, examining the compulsive behaviors attached to our smartphones, the internet, video games, and online shopping. Meanwhile, Drunk Tank Pink peels back the layers of our environment, unveiling the hidden forces that shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Adam's genius lies in his unique approach to social psychology and decision-making. He shines a spotlight on the surprising impacts of subtle environmental cues on human cognition and behavior. His fascinating findings have claimed their space in numerous academic journals and media outlets worldwide. His latest book (which I devoured), Anatomy of a Breakthrough, promises to free us from the shackles of our mind's inertia. Whether it’s a midlife crisis, writer's block, or a stagnant job, we all face friction that stymies our growth. But Adam's solution, the friction audit, could be the key to unlocking our full potential. By conquering friction in our heart (emotions), head (thoughts), and habit (behaviors), we can course-correct our journey to success. Through this brilliant blend of scientific research, personal stories, and inspiring examples, Adam reassures us: getting stuck is not a glitch, but a feature on the road to thriving. With the right strategies, we can all reach our loftiest goals. So, are you ready to break free? Before we do, I'm also honored that Adam is one of our Thinkers on the ThinkersOne platform. Want to add big smarts to your meeting? Get personalized video experiences from top Thinkers like Adam to surprise and inspire your team - in-person, hybrid, or virtual! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Adam Alter. Anatomy of a Breakthrough. Irresistible. Drunk Tank Pink. Check out Adam on ThinkersOne. Follow Adam on Twitter. Follow Adam on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/16/20231 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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SPOS #887 – Tiffani Bova On The Experience And Growth Mindset

Welcome to episode #887 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #887. As Global Growth Evangelist at Salesforce, Tiffani Bova, is truly a visionary (driven by data, getting her hands dirty in client's work, and defining new ways to think about business). Tiffani has an audacious dedication to revolutionizing business perspectives, and she's the cerebral powerhouse behind two important books: Growth IQ and her latest, The Experience Mindset - Changing the Way You Think About Growth. Her track record and the accolades she's attracted speak to her acumen. She's been named to the Thinkers50's roster of top global management thinkers, has lent her insights to countless publications like Harvard Business Review and Duke University Dialogue Review, and she’s an intellectual force for students at Columbia University and Wharton. Tiffani also hosts her own podcast, What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova. She also carries the title of "influencer" via her social media channels on Twitter, LinkedIn and beyond. Inc. Magazine named her as of one the Top 100 Woman In Tech. Having inspired more than half a million people across six continents with over 850 keynote presentations, Tiffani's wisdom is universally sought. Prior to Salesforce, she was a distinguished figure in sales, marketing, and customer service, breaking new ground with innovative strategies for cloud-based solutions. Her tenure at Gartner won her the Thought Leadership award and admiration from tech's finest for her trailblazing strategies for sales and growth. I devoured The Experience Mindset. I love how it unpacks the disconnect that businesses have between their customer experience and their employee experience, in a world where the two must be intrinsically connected. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tiffani Bova. The Experience Mindset - Changing the Way You Think About Growth. Growth IQ. What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova. Salesforce. Follow Tiffani on LinkedIn. Follow Tiffani on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/9/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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SPOS #886 – Freada Kapor Klein On Smarter Investing And Funding The Future

Welcome to episode #886 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #886. How can we change the way that businesses get funded? Are the best businesses actually getting funded? What about investments that truly have impact? Dr. Freada Kapor Klein and her husband, Mitch Kapor, are a dynamic duo striving to make the tech industry more diverse and inclusive. Both co-founders of Kapor Capital and the Kapor Center, they invest in tech startups that aim to dismantle the barriers of access for low-income communities and communities of color. Freada is the founder of SMASH, an organization that provides rigorous STEM education to low-income students of color across the U.S. She is also a vocal advocate against sexual coercion, a member of numerous influential councils, and the author of the revealing book, Giving Notice, which explores the hidden bias in workplaces. Adding to their shared legacy, Freada and Mitch have co-authored the book, Closing The Equity Gap, which offers insightful strategies to address the disparity in tech access among different socioeconomic groups. The book, echoing their combined mission, is an important step towards a more equitable tech landscape. Freada's huband, Mitch, is a stalwart of the personal computing industry and a savvy startup investor. He is the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3 (the spreadsheet!). He is also co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the founding Chair of Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser. In this episode, Freada explores the challenges of investing, the economy and how what we back in venture capital is a strong indication of how our communities will evolve. Enjoy the conversation.... Running time: 55:32. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Freada Kapor Klein. Closing The Equity Gap. Giving Notice. Kapor Capital. Kapor Center. SMASH. Follow Freada on LinkedIn. Follow Freada on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/2/202355 minutes, 32 seconds
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SPOS #885 – Jonah Berger On The Magic Words Of Influence

Welcome to episode #885 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #885. Internationally acclaimed author and Wharton School professor, Jonah Berger, is a distinguished authority in natural language processing, consumer behavior, influence, and change. Renowned for his expertise on what makes trends stick, Berger has penned over 80 scholarly articles, conducted popular online courses, and had his groundbreaking work featured in notable outlets like The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. Jonah's keynotes, delivered at high-profile events like SXSW and Cannes Lions, along with his consultancy for tech giants and non-profits such as Apple, Google, Nike, Amazon, Moderna, and The Gates Foundation, provide practical insights into behavioral science, influence, and transformation. Jonah's prolific authorship, with millions of books sold globally, includes titles such as his latest, Magic Words, The Catalyst, Contagious, and Invisible Influence. These books focus on the power of language to persuade, how to act as a catalyst for change, the science behind virality, and the unseen forces that shape our behavior, respectively. Jonah's most recent book, Magic Words, is a guide to leveraging language for impact, revealing the words that influence action and inspire connection. The Catalyst presents a fresh perspective on change, highlighting the need to remove barriers rather than exerting more force. Contagious deciphers why certain products, services, and ideas go viral, offering practical guidance on crafting contagious content. Invisible Influence explores the covert forces that shape decisions, enabling readers to better motivate themselves and others. With multiple awards for teaching and research, and his contributions helping companies like Apple, Google, and Nike ensure their products and ideas become infectious, Jonah stands as a pillar in his field. A Stanford alumnus, he continues to redefine understanding in marketing and decision making. I'm also really proud that he is available to create bite-sized and personalized video experiences for your business through my new startup, ThinkersOne. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:59. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jonah Berger. Magic Words. The Catalyst. Contagious. Invisible Influence. Check out Jonah on ThinkersOne. Follow Jonah on LinkedIn. Follow Jonah on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/25/202356 minutes
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SPOS #884 - Kelly Richmond Pope On Whistleblowing, Fraud and Wild Rides

Welcome to episode #884 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #884. Meet Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, our guide through the shadowy labyrinth of financial fraud and the newest rockstar in the world of accounting (and yes, those words can go together). Kelly isn't your typical number cruncher - she's a bona fide detective of financial misdeeds, a virtuoso in the symphony of numbers, and a professor of Forensic Accounting at DePaul University. Gaining recognition from the AICPA and the CPA Practice Advisor, she's been listed among the top 25 most powerful women in accounting, and her expertise? Sniffing out the faintest whiff of financial fraud, dissecting corporate culture, and assessing compliance systems designed to tackle internal control challenges. With her knack for storytelling, she turned her research on executive misconduct into a fascinating documentary, All The Queen's Horses, a deep dive into the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. But it doesn't stop at films. Her TED Talk, How Whistle-blowers Shape History, has hit over 1.6 million views, helping organizations and individuals appreciate the power of internal whistleblowing. The story gets juicier, with her new book, Fool Me Once, she pulls back the curtain on the trillion-dollar fraud industry. Filled with tales of fraudsters, their victims, and the whistleblowers who dare to expose them. Her aim? To make fraud more relatable, and by doing so, protect us and our companies from falling into the fraudster's trap. This is a new way to think about what it really means to "do the right thing." Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:37. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope. Fool Me Once. All The Queen's Horses. How Whistle-blowers Shape History. Follow Kelly on Instagram. Follow Kelly on LinkedIn. Follow Kelly on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/18/202351 minutes, 38 seconds
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SPOS #883 - Seth Godin On Strumming The Song Of Significance

Welcome to episode #883 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #883. I could not tell you how many times Seth Godin has been a guest on this show. I don't say this to brag. I state this, because he has (truly) influenced everything from my thinking about work and the future, to how I've built worked on my own professional development and career (more on that here: Dear Seth Godin). As soon as I caught wind that he was publishing a new book, The Song Of Significance, I locked in a time for us to not only discuss this incredible book/manifesto about what it means to be human, to be a part of a team, and to make work that really matters, but to also drill down into how the world is changing (artificial intelligence, politics, work from home, being an entrepreneur and more). For those who don't know, Seth is an oracle. He has been sparking minds and inspiring people to level up for over three decades. His daily blog, a beacon of wisdom and insight, has been my constant in the ever-changing digital landscape for more than ten years (when he first started publishing). Seth is an artist with words. He's the author of 20 bestselling books, translated into nearly 40 languages. Also worth noting is his Carbon Almanac project. And Seth's journey isn't a straight path. It's filled with intriguing detours and exciting projects. In 2015, Seth brought to life the altMBA, a transformative 30-day workshop that's changed countless lives. It's part of Akimbo, an independently owned B corp, crafting innovative ways to learn. Seth's online courses, including The Marketing Seminar and several on Udemy, have been taken by over 60,000 people. He's a member of the Guerrilla Marketing Hall of Fame, the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, and most recently, the Marketing Hall of Fame. Seth's free ebooks on the placebo effect and education are worth a read, and his five TED Talks are a must-watch. So, with that... let's get into his new book and the changing world of work, building a business worth working for and the future. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Seth Godin. The Song Of Significance. Carbon Almanac. Seth's daily blog. Akimbo. Seth’s TED Talks. Follow Seth on Instagram. Follow Seth on Facebook. Follow Seth on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/11/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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SPOS #882 - Deb Mashek On Incredible Collaborations

Welcome to episode #882 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #882. What makes for great colloboration? Especially in this new world of business. Many people have mixed feelings about workplace collaboration. On the one hand, they know collaboration is essential to achieve complex goals. On the other hand, they know collaboration is a slog. People pull in different directions. There’s desperately little communication and even less follow through. One person ends up doing all the work. The result? Friction mounts. Projects fizzle. Great employees walk. This at the core of a new book called, Collabor(h)ate - How To Build Increadible Collaborative Relationships At Work. The author is business advisor, professor and executive, Dr. Deb Mashek. She is recognized as one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Deb's work has been featured in prominent media outlets such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Fortune, among others. She also regularly contributes to Psychology Today, sharing her knowledge and perspectives on a range of topics. Deb served as a Full Professor of Social Psychology at Harvey Mudd College, where she also held the position of Associate Dean for Faculty Development. She was the founding Director of the Claremont College’s Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration and the inaugural Executive Director of Heterodox Academy, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting constructive disagreement on college campuses. Currently, she is the founder of Myco Consulting, where she assists business leaders in navigating the complex relationship dynamics that can impact timelines, bottom lines, and overall well-being. She is a member of the Association for Collaborative Leadership and the International Coaching Federation, and has been an invited speaker at prestigious organizations including the United Nations and the American Psychological Association. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Deb Mashek. Collabor(h)ate - How To Build Increadible Collaborative Relationships At Work. Myco Consulting. Sign up for Deb’s newsletter. Follow Deb on LinkedIn. Follow Deb on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/4/202353 minutes, 46 seconds
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SPOS #881 - Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic On AI, Automation And More Humanity

Welcome to episode #881 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #881. Hailing from the Villa Freud district of Buenos Aires, he spent the majority of his professional career in the dynamic city of London, before making his home in Brooklyn. Meet Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a renowned psychologist, author, and entrepreneur, Tomas has made it his mission to decode human potential. With a flair for bridging the gap between science and business, he's a bit like a Sherlock Holmes of the corporate world, using his keen intellect to solve the mysteries of talent, leadership, and innovation. Currently, he holds the position of Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, a role that allows him to explore the realm of talent and potential. Beyond his corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors, he is a Professor of Business Psychology at two esteemed institutions - University College London and Columbia University. Tomas is also a prolific writer. He's written ten books and over 150 scientific papers on the psychology of talent, leadership, innovation, and AI. His latest, I, Human - AI, Automation, and the Quest to Reclaim What Makes Us Unique, takes readers on an enthralling and eye-opening journey across the AI landscape. Though AI has the potential to change our lives for the better, he argues, AI is also worsening our bad tendencies, making us more distracted, selfish, biased, narcissistic, entitled, predictable, and impatient. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 50:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. I, Human - AI, Automation, and the Quest to Reclaim What Makes Us Unique. ManpowerGroup. Follow Tomas on LinkedIn. Follow Tomas on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/28/202350 minutes, 22 seconds
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SPOS #880 - Adrian Hon On How Gamification Might Ruin Us All

Welcome to episode #880 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #880. In a world where games are no longer just a source of entertainment, we find ourselves in a precarious situation. Warehouse workers are pitted against each other in virtual dragon races, their jobs hanging in the balance. Exhausted Uber drivers are baited with challenges to keep them on the road. Citizens in China are scored to ensure good behavior, and games with in-app purchases cleverly use achievements to drain your finances. In his lastest book, You’ve Been Played, game designer Adrian Hon exposes the insidious use of games and gamification as tools of exploitation by corporations, schools, and governments. These aren't optional games, but ones we're compelled to play, where losing carries severe consequences. Adrian's work is a powerful critique of a tech-centric world that attempts to mask misery as fun. It's a rallying cry for those who wish to retain their dignity and autonomy in a world increasingly dominated by coercive gamification. As the CEO and founder of Six to Start, he has co-created the world's most successful smartphone fitness game, Zombies, Run! His innovative approach to game design has led to other award-winning games such as We Tell Stories, which has been recognized at SXSW and showcased at prestigious venues like MOMA and the Design Museum. His previous book, A New History of the Future in 100 Objects, was published in 2020. Adrian also shares his insights on games through a monthly column for EDGE magazine. His journey in the gaming industry began at Mind Candy, where he served as Director of Play from 2004 to 2007. During his tenure, he designed and produced the Perplex City alternate reality game. His fascination with ARGs started in 2001 when he moderated the Cloudmakers community for The Beast, an ARG for Steven Spielberg’s A.I. His academic background is as diverse as his professional one. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, with a focus on experimental psychology and neuroscience. He even started a neuroscience degree at Oxford in 2003, but his passion for gaming led him to leave after a year to join Mind Candy. His journey is a testament to his belief in the power of games and their potential to shape our future (in both good and terrible ways). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:49. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Adrian Hon. You’ve Been Played. A New History of the Future in 100 Objects. Zombies, Run!. Six to Start. Follow Adrian on Mastadon. Follow Adrian on LinkedIn. Follow Adrian on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/21/202349 minutes, 50 seconds
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SPOS #879 - Natalie Nixon On The Creativity Leap

Welcome to episode #879 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #879. Meet Natalie Nixon, also knowns as the "creativity whisperer for the C-Suite." Natalie advises leaders on how to achieve transformative business outcomes by embracing both wonder and rigor. Her area of focus is on creativity, the future of work, and innovation. Recognized as one of Real Leaders' "Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World for 2022," Natalie's influence extends far and wide. She has graced the pages of Fast Company, and, more recently, published a new book, The Creativity Leap. As the founder of Figure 8 Thinking, Natalie leads a firm that has earned its place among the top 20 women-led innovation firms by Core 77. Her impressive roster of clients includes industry giants like Microsoft, Salesforce, Comcast, and Citrix, among others. With each engagement, Natalie seamlessly combines her background in cultural anthropology, fashion, design thinking, and dance, infusing her work with a unique hybrid perspective. Natalie also serves as a trustee of the esteemed Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Vassar College, and Leadership+Design. Her international experiences living in Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Israel, and Sri Lanka have endowed her with a global perspective, complemented by her proficiency in Portuguese and Spanish. When she's not enlightening minds or shaping the future of creativity, Natalie finds joy in dance. From hip-hop to salsa, foxtrot to tango, she is a force on the ballroom floor. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:56. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Natalie Nixon. The Creativity Leap. Figure 8 Thinking. Follow Natalie on Instagram. Follow Natalie on LinkedIn. Follow Natalie on Twitter.  This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/14/202355 minutes, 56 seconds
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SPOS #878 - Colin Coggins On Transforming Your Sales With The Unsold Mindset

Welcome to episode #878 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #878. Do you have a work wife/husband? Whether you do or you don't, I doubt it's as strong as the one Colin Coggins has with Garrett Brown. They are business, teaching, writing partner, and keynote speakers... together... always. And, they have made waves in the world of sales with their innovative and entertaining approach that seamlessly blends sales principles with everyday life. This dynamic duo has captivated audiences around the globe and in countless boardrooms and meetings with their unique mindset-first approach to selling. Together, Colin and Garrett teach the popular course, Sales Mindset for Entrepreneurs, at the University of Southern California's prestigious Marshall School of Business. The pair are also co-founders of Agency18, a firm dedicated to helping mission-driven companies adopt their revolutionary Unsold Mindset. With an extensive background as a sales and revenue leader, Colin has earned a reputation for his innovative methods of scaling revenue generation by fostering sales intelligence throughout entire organizations. His experience includes senior leadership roles at various emerging technology companies such as Bitium, Mobile Roadie, and most recently, Fabric, where he served as the Chief Commercial Officer. It was at Bitium that Colin first crossed paths with Garrett, working together as the company's SVP of sales. Their partnership continued even after Bitium's acquisition by Google, with Colin assuming a Chief Revenue Officer role while also advising startups, serving as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Techstars, and mentoring at Black Ambition. Today, Colin continues to invest, advise, and lead in the commercial sector while furthering his work with Garrett. Most recently, they published their first (and amazing) book, The Unsold Mindset - Redefining What It Means To Sell. In a world where everyone is either selling or being sold to, the true masters of the craft often defy conventional expectations. Through years of hands-on experience, meticulous psychological and sociological research, and comprehensive interviews with exceptional sellers (both in and out of traditional sales roles), the book unravels the mysteries of what sets these individuals apart. Astonishingly, the answer lies not in their techniques or strategies, but in the way they think. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:32. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Colin Coggins. Colin’s business partner, Garrett Brown. The Unsold Mindset - Redefining What It Means To Sell. Sales Mindset for Entrepreneurs. Follow Colin and Garrett on Twitter. Follow Garrett on LinkedIn. Follow Colin on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/7/202355 minutes, 33 seconds
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SPOS #877 - Emmanuel Daniel On The Future Of Money And Finance

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #877. Forget everything that you think you know about the future of the economy, finance and money. We are going through a massive disruption (or transition) - and this isn't just about crytocurrency or the crypto winter. When it comes to money, there is a lot of power, politics and lives at play. Emmanuel Daniel is a renowned thought leader in the future of finance. He's an entrepreneur, writer, and model train enthusiast, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the conversation. Emmanuel has been at the helm of his TAB Global research and consulting house since 1996, providing insights through platforms like The Asian Banker and Wealth and Society. In his recently-published book, The Great Transition – the personalization of finance is here, Emmanuel envisions a banking industry revolution, shifting from platform technologies to unprecedented personalization. He dives into the roles of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, gaming, and other emerging technologies in shaping the future of finance and our world. Emmanuel's global perspective is enhanced by his travels to over 100 countries, with plans to visit all of them. He shares his travel experiences regularly, and is working on his second book, tentatively titled, The Winning Civilization, due for publication next year. As a former member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Emmanuel has held various advisory and consulting positions in both public and private sector institutions. He is a trusted confidante in leadership circles and a sought-after global speaker. A self-declared "Digital Nomad," he splits his time between Singapore, Beijing, and New York. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 50:00. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Emmanuel Daniel. The Great Transition – the personalization of finance is here. The Asian Banker. Wealth and Society. Follow Emmanuel on LinkedIn. Follow Emmanuel on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/30/202350 minutes
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SPOS #876 - Cathy Hackl On The Business Of The Metaverse

Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #876. Affectionately known as the "Godmother of the Metaverse," Cathy Hackl is the founder and Chief Metaverse Officer at Journey. Picture this: the next Coco Chanel could be a 10-year-old girl currently crafting avatar skins in Roblox. That's the world envisioned by Cathy, who worked with companies like HTC VIVE, Magic Leap, and Amazon Web Services. She is the host of Adweek's Metaverse Marketing podcast. At Journey's Metaverse Studio, Hackl collaborates with brands on metaverse/Web3 strategies, NFTs, gaming, and virtual fashion. Some standout work includes creating Walmart Land and Universe of Play for Walmart in Roblox, along with the concert series Electric Fest at Walmart Land, she unveiled VerseLuxe, a luxury tech label that fuses style and experimentation, kicking off with a captivating Web3-connected jewelry capsule collection that bridges the physical and virtual realms. Cathy is the author of three books, The Augmented Workforce, Navigating the Metaverse: A Guide to Limitless Possibilities in a Web 3.0 World, and her latest book, Into The Metaverse - The Essential Guide to the Business Opportunities of the Web3 Era. How do we define the metaverse? Does every company need a Chief Metaverse Officer? Where are we in the growth of the digital economy?.. and much more. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Cathy Hackl. Into The Metaverse. Navigating the Metaverse. The Augmented Workforce. Journey. Metaverse Marketing podcast. Follow Cathy on Twitter. Follow Cathy on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/23/202355 minutes, 37 seconds
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SPOS #875 - Neil Pasricha On Why Everything Is Awesome

Welcome to episode #875 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #875.  My dear friend, Neil Pasricha, is a world-renowned content creator, speaker, and author. He focuses on intentional living, and his work revolves around themes like gratitude, happiness, failure, resilience, connection, and trust. With ten books and journals under his name, Neil has sold over two million copies across dozens of languages, making him a New York Times and #1 international bestseller. His is most known for The Book of Awesome, a rolodex of simple pleasures that came from his award-winning blog. His book, The Happiness Equation, started as a 300-page love letter to his unborn son on how to live a happy life. Neil also wrote, Awesome Is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children, a daily morning practice, and, You Are Awesome, a nine-step guide to building resilience through stories and research. Neil is also a sought-after keynote speaker. Neil also hosts one of my favorite podcasts, 3 Books, which features interviews with inspiring people like Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Roxane Gay, and many more. In each chapter (or episode), the guest shares their three most formative books, making it an epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Neil's work is a testament to intentional living, inspiring people to find joy, happiness, and resilience in their daily lives. His unique approach to content creation and storytelling has made him a world-class creator and a beacon of inspiration for many. Most recently, he published, Our Book of Awesome, which he describes as, "an injection of joy, a heartfelt gift, and a smacking high five for humanity. Read it to be reminded of the endless awesome things that give laughter and happiness to our brief and beautiful lives." Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:49. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Neil Pasricha. Our Book of Awesome. The Book of Awesome. The Happiness Equation. Awesome Is Everywhere. Neil's podcast: 3 Books. Neil’s newsletter.   Follow Neil on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/16/202357 minutes, 49 seconds
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SPOS #874 - Mindy Weinstein On The Power Of Scarcity

Welcome to episode #874 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #874. Let's delve into the fascinating career of Mindy Weinstein, PhD, and her passion for the marketing industry from a psychology perspective. As a writer from a young age, it was during college when she discovered marketing and realized the immense power words have in driving action. This revelation led her to establish her own marketing agency, Market MindShift, and secure her position as an expert in the field. Her fascination with persuasion inspired her to explore the intersection of psychology and technology, ultimately earning her a PhD. After five years of research, Mindy encapsulated her knowledge into her insightful new book, The Power of Scarcity - Leveraging Urgency and Demand to Influence Customer Decisions. Mindy also hosts the Persuasive Woman podcast, where she investigates the ways in which psychology can help individuals excel in business and their careers. In this episode, we deconstruct how scarcity affects our brains and decision-making, and how companies can use it to successfully and ethically market their products and services (and what to do when they don't). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:29. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Mindy Weinstein. The Power of Scarcity - Leveraging Urgency and Demand to Influence Customer Decisions. Market MindShift. Persuasive Woman podcast. Follow Mindy on LinkedIn. Follow Mindy on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/9/202349 minutes, 30 seconds
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SPOS #873 - Johann Hari On The Attention Crisis And Reclaiming Our Focus

Welcome to episode #873 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #873. I have been struggling with my attention and focus. I have noticed the same issues with the younger people in my life. I'm seeing teenagers scroll TikTok (with no volume) like it's a fidget spinner, and adults who can't interact with others without their iPhones being involved. This could be one of the most important conversations about our present (and future) that I have ever had (not exaggerating). Meet Johann Hari, a three-time New York Times best-selling author and Executive Producer of an Oscar-nominated movie and a star-studded TV series. His writing has been praised by icons like Oprah, Noam Chomsky, Elton John, Naomi Klein, and more. His last book Stolen Focus - Why You Can't Pay Attention took the world by storm in 2022. Garnering multiple awards and accolades, it became a best-seller across three continents... and was, without a doubt, my favorite book of the year. He is also the author of, Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections. With close to 100 million views, Johann's TED Talks are a must-watch. Stolen Focus is an incredibly relevant and essential read in today's fast-paced digital age. The book delves into the root causes of our dwindling attention spans and offers insights into how we can reclaim our ability to focus. This well-researched book uncovers the consequences of this information overload on our mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. We are in this attention crisis. How do we make conscious choices and reclaim our focus, ultimately paving the way for a more attentive and productive society? Listen in. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:05:40. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Johann Hari. Stolen Focus - Why You Can't Pay Attention. Chasing The Scream Lost Connections. Johann's TED Talks. Follow Johann on Instagram. Follow Johann on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/2/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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Cynthia Covey Haller On Lessons From Stephen Covey And A Life In Crescendo

Welcome to episode #872 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #872. Cynthia Covey Haller is a woman who has lived a life of purpose and passion. The eldest daughter of the famous author and motivational speaker, Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, etc.), Cynthia has always been deeply interested in personal development and helping others achieve their full potential. In her new book, Live Life in Crescendo, Cynthia completes a work that begun in partnership with her father before he passed away. Written in his voice, she shares lessons they had worked on together. The book is structured around the concept of a crescendo, a musical term that refers to a gradual increase in intensity or volume. Cynthia (and Stephen) uses this metaphor to illustrate the importance of constantly growing and expanding our lives, even in the face of challenges and setbacks (this was Stephen's final message that he wanted to convey). On her own, Cynthia has made significant contributions to the personal development field. Her passion for personal development and her desire to make a positive impact on the world can be seen in her extensive list of accomplishments. She has been involved in numerous community service projects, held leadership positions in women's organizations, and worked as a volunteer in various capacities. Cynthia's own experiences, growing up as the daughter of Stephen Covey, have given her a unique perspective on personal development. She acknowledges the challenges of living up to the expectations of others, and encourages people to identify their own personal values and align their actions with those values, in order to create a life that is truly meaningful. Cynthia also contributed to her brother's, Sean Covey, books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 46:10. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Cynthia Covey Haller. Live Life in Crescendo. Stephen Covey. Follow Cynthia on Instagram. Follow Cynthia on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/26/202346 minutes, 11 seconds
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SPOS #871 - Dan Martell On The Power Of Systems And Mindsets

Welcome to episode #871 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #871. Meet my friend, Dan Martell. He's an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, and coach to over 1000+ SaaS founders. It wasn't always success after success for him. Dan had a rocky start to his entrepreneurial journey. At just 15 years old, he was in a high-speed chase with the cops, and things only seemed to go downhill from there. He failed at building a tech company at a young age and then failed again at a hosting company at 19. However, after trying consulting for 3 years, he finally succeeded with his first company, Spheric Technologies, at the age of 24. Although he bootstrapped the company from the ground up and saw significant growth, he hit a wall. He was working 100 hours a week, operating on 3-to-4 hours of sleep per night, and had nobody to turn to for critical advice. He struggled with identifying his biggest opportunity to kick-start sales, had a disorganized team, and was throwing money at the wall to see if anything would stick. After breaking through the revenue ceiling with Spheric Technologies, selling the company, and taking a year off, he founded two more successful companies (Flowtown and Clarity.fm). He learned many lessons and had many awkward mistakes along the way, which he wanted to pass on to others to help them get to where he was faster and with fewer scars. Dan created SaaS Academy and shares all he's learned on his website and YouTube/TikTok channels. Dan recently published the book, Buy Back Your Time - Get Unstauck, Reclaim Your Freedom and Build Your Empire. The book (which is a great read), is about installing systems and mindset shifts to engage in high-value work that brings you energy and fulfillment. Trading money for time will bring you more success than you ever thought possible, while reducing stress and maximizing happiness. Dan's journey proves that success doesn't come easy, and there's a lot of dead-wrong information out there. However, with the right mentors, books, and advice, there are answers. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dan Martell. Buy Back Your Time - Get Unstauck, Reclaim Your Freedom and Build Your Empire. SaaS Academy. Dan on YouTube. Dan on TikTok. Follow Dan on Instagram. Follow Dan on Twitter. Follow Dan on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/19/202352 minutes, 1 second
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SPOS #870 - Chris Bailey On Finding Calm In The Productivity Chaos

Welcome to episode #870 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #870. Meet Chris Bailey (who was also featured on Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast back in 2018), a writer, productivity expert, and author of the bestselling books, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project. TED called him, "the most productive man you'd ever hope to meet" and by Fast Company said he's a "productivity mastermind." Chris brings a unique approach to productivity that is very different from the hustle culture that we are all exposed to. His latest (and most personal) book is, How to Calm Your Mind - Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times. While this may seem opposite to the tenets of productivity, it is not. In fact, the birth of this book happened after Chris suffered from an on-stage panic attack. It was in the healing process that he recognized how critical it is to invest in calm at the same time that we invest in becoming more productive. He has spent the past decade experimenting with every productivity tactic under the sun and separating what works from what doesn't. His experimentation has included meditating for 35 hours in a week, using his smartphone for only an hour a day, and working 90-hour weeks, among other things. His TEDx Talk, How to Get Your Brain to Focus, has been viewed over 14 million times. In addition to his books, Chris is the author of the Audible Original, How to Train Your Mind. He has his own newsletter on the topic as well as the podcast, Time & Attention. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:27. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Chris Bailey. How to Calm Your Mind - Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times. Hyperfocus. The Productivity Project. How to Train Your Mind. How to Get Your Brain to Focus. Chris’ newsletter. Chris’ podcast, Time & Attention. Follow Chris on LinkedIn. Follow Chris on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/12/202351 minutes, 28 seconds
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SPOS #869 - Morag Barrett On Why We All Need A Friend At Work

Welcome to episode #868 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #868. Meet Morag Barrett, the magical unicorn who helps leaders achieve amazing results by tapping into the power of their professional relationships. With her pragmatic approach, she excels at identifying the gaps in an organization's development and helping them move forward by finding unique solutions to problems. Her three books, including Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships, The Future-Proof Workplace, and here latest, You, Me, We: Why we all need a friend at work (and how to show up as one!), offer valuable insights into how leaders can become their best authentic selves by building true and valuable networks. The book You, Me, We speaks to me. It offers valuable insights into building deep, meaningful relationships at work that lead to success for everyone involved. According to Morag, having an "Ally Mindset" is a critical factor in achieving individual, team, and organizational success. Best friends at work, who support and help us through good and bad times, are a vital component of an Ally Mindset. On the other hand, lacking such relationships can lead to failure and disappointment. You, Me, We delves into the five essential aspects of an Ally Mindset, providing us all with practical lessons on how to become a better friend at work and enjoy greater happiness, collaboration, and business outcomes. And, if you're wondering about her love for unicorns, let's just say she has more than 100 unicorn-themed items at home (none of which she bought for herself!). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Morag Barrett. You, Me, We: Why we all need a friend at work (and how to show up as one!). The Future-Proof Workplace. Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships. Follow Morag on LinkedIn. Follow Morag on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/5/202354 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #868 - Dan Pink On The Power Of Regret In Business And Life

Welcome to episode #868 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #868. Are you looking for a way to move forward and create a life well-lived? Look no further than Daniel H. Pink and his latest book, The Power of Regret - How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. As a bestselling author and expert in business, work, creativity, and behavior, Dan's insights on this misunderstood emotion are sure to inspire and empower. Based on unprecedented research, Dan's latest work challenges conventional wisdom about regret and shows how properly handling this emotion can point the way to a fulfilling life. But The Power of Regret is just the latest in a long line of bestselling books (that I truly love!), including: When, To Sell is Human, Drive, A Whole New Mind, Free Agent Nation, and the grossly under-estimated manga beauty of The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. Plus, if you're not tuning into his newsletter and The Pinkcast, you really should. With his insights and expertise, Dan has become a respected voice in business (and the kind of thinker that I aspire to be). Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the greatest thinkers in business and behavior. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 47:31. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Daniel H. Pink. The Power of Regret - How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. When. To Sell is Human. Drive. A Whole New Mind. Free Agent Nation. The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. Sign up to Dan’s newsletter. The Pinkcast. Follow Dan on Twitter. Follow Dan on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/26/202347 minutes, 31 seconds
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SPOS #867 - David Sax On The Power Of Human Connection In A Screen Crazy World

Welcome to episode #867 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #867. If you are looking for an insightful and thought-provoking book that challenges the idea of a digital future, then you need check out, The Future Is Analog, by David Sax. David is a freelance writer and author who has lived in several cities across the world, including New York, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro (now Toronto). In The Future Is Analog, David questions the notion of a completely digital future, arguing that we need to embrace the reality of human experience to create a healthy future. With the Covid pandemic, we have been forced to rethink the way we work, learn, and interact with each other. David believes that the best parts of quarantine were the least digital ones, like baking bread, playing board games, and going hiking. David is also the author of Save The Deli, The Tastemakers, The Revenge of Analog, and The Soul of An Entrepreneur. If you're looking to explore the role of analog culture in our modern lives, this debate is for you. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 52:04. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Sax. The Future Is Analog. The Soul of An Entrepreneur. Save The Deli. The Tastemakers. The Revenge of Analog. Follow David on LinkedIn. Follow David on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/19/202352 minutes, 5 seconds
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SPOS #866 - Dr. Tina Opie On Breaking Down The Walls Of Inequity At Work

Welcome to episode #866 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #866. Founder of OCG, Dr. Tina Opie, brings over twenty years of expertise in strategic management and organizational behavior. She is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson College, an award-winning researcher and a consultant. As a consultant, she provides organizational guidance to create more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and more. Tina's research has generated high-impact solutions that promote authenticity in organizations. Her latest book, Shared Sisterhood (co-authored with Beth A. Livingston), is for all of us and shows organizations and teams how to unleash their potential. In this episode, Tina shares the Shared Sisterhood framework and effective strategies to motivate everyone to become part of the effort. She explains foundational elements about workplace equity (and what it should look like), helping leaders and their organizations move forward faster… and together. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 48:24. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Tina Opie. Shared Sisterhood. Beth A. Livingston. OCG. Follow Dr. Tina on LinkedIn. Follow Dr. Tina on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/12/202348 minutes, 25 seconds
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SPOS #865 - Will Guidara On Unreasonable Hospitality

Welcome to episode #865 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #865. No matter the business, providing exceptional hospitality is a key factor in success. If you don't believe just listen to what Will Guidara has to say. Will was the co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, a two-star brasserie that rose to become the best restaurant in the world. In this conversation, he shares his secret to success: radical reinvention, a true partnership between the kitchen and the dining room, and memorable, over-the-top, bespoke hospitality. Will and his team went above and beyond to provide guests with memorable experiences, from a magical sledding trip to Central Park for a family who had never seen snow, to filling a private dining room with sand, complete with mai-tais and beach chairs for a couple with a cancelled vacation. Will believes that hospitality should extend beyond those dining at the restaurant to his own team, teaching them to deliver praise and criticism with intention, and to give more, not less. He encourages us all to find the magic in what we do for ourselves, the people we work with, and the people we serve. By transforming ordinary transactions into extraordinary experiences, every business can choose to be a hospitality business, and maximize their potential for success, and that's the crux of his book (that isn't a cookbook) called, Unreasonable Hospitality. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 45:50. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Will Guidara. Unreasonable Hospitality. Follow Will on Twitter. Follow Will on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/5/202345 minutes, 51 seconds
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SPOS #864 - Chuck Wisner On How We Talk, Listen And Grow At Work

Welcome to episode #864 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #864. Meet Chuck Wisner, a master in the field of organizational strategy, human dynamics, and leadership excellence. With over 25 years of experience as a business and personal consultant, Chuck has been an advisor to leaders in top companies across various industries. His expertise is rooted in cutting-edge research, theoretical development, and practical application of the foundations of conversations. Chuck's background in architecture from the Boston Architectural College and his tenure as a partner at HKT Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has given him a unique perspective on business and leadership. He then transitioned to become a senior affiliated mediator with the Harvard Law Mediation Program and was certified through the Mastering the Art of Professional Coaching program at the Newfield Institute. He later became an affiliate with MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning, furthering his specialization in organizational learning and leadership. Currently, Chuck is working with leaders and teams at some of the biggest companies in the world, including Google, Apple, Tesla, and many more. Chuck's recently published book, The Art Of Conscious Conversations, is a guide to understanding the complexities and components of conversations. By delving into the DNA of conversations, readers can gain new insights to transform their interactions and relationships in both their professional and personal lives. The book explores the unconscious patterns of thinking, feeling, listening, and talking that shape our beliefs and emotions. It examines the root causes of frustration, anger, confusion, and fear in conversations and provides tools and practices to increase awareness and improve the quality of interactions in all aspects of life. This book is a comprehensive guide to mastering the art of conscious conversations, something we all need in this virtual and hybrid business world. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 44:05. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Chuck Wisner. The Art Of Conscious Conversations. Read Chuck’s articles. Follow Chuck on Twitter. Follow Chuck on LinkedIn.  This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/29/202344 minutes, 5 seconds
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SPOS #863 - Cory Doctorow On The Future of Business, Technology and Society

Welcome to episode #863 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #863. It's hard to describe the work that Cory Doctorow does. One part author, one part journalist, one part activist, one part media theorist, one part thought leader... how many parts is that? How about we just settle on the term, "Polymath." Cory is as known for his thought-provoking science fiction novels and he is for doing his best to level the playing field for all consumers and businesses. He works and explores the intersection of technology, society, and politics. He was the co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing, and has written numerous books, including the bestselling Little Brother and Homeland. He maintains a daily blog at Pluralistic.net. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. He is also a frequent speaker at technology conferences and events, and is known for his engaging and thought-provoking presentations. His latest book, Chokepoint Capitalism (which he co-authored with Rebecca Giblin), argues that we’re in a new era of “chokepoint capitalism,” with exploitative businesses creating insurmountable barriers to competition that enable them to capture value that should rightfully go to others. Ultimately, his work will leave you questioning the role of technology in our lives and the future of our economy. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Cory Doctorow. Chokepoint Capitalism. Rebecca Giblin. Pluralistic.net. Follow Cory on Twitter. Follow Cory on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/22/20231 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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SPOS #862 - Dolly Chugh On Resilience And True Social Change

Welcome to episode #862 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #862. I've known (digitally) Dolly Chugh for some time, and I couldn't be happier that she agreed to this have this conversation with me. Dolly is a social psychologist and management professor at the New York University Stern School of Business where she teaches MBA courses in leadership and management. She was one of six professors chosen from thousands at New York University to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020 and one of five to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award in 2013. Dolly’s research focuses on “bounded ethicality,” which she describes as the “psychology of good people.” Her work has been published in the leading psychology, economics, and management journals, and cited by many books and authors. Her first book, The Person You Mean To Be, is part of what lead Dolly’s TED Talk to being named one of the 25 Most Popular TED Talks of 2018, and currently has almost 5 million views. Recently, she launched the popular newsletter, Dear Good People, and her latest book, A More Just Future - Psychological Tools for Reckoning with our Past and Driving Social Change, is all about how we can better develop our resilience by dealing with our history. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 47:44. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dolly Chugh. A More Just Future - Psychological Tools for Reckoning with our Past and Driving Social Change. The Person You Mean To Be. Dear Good People. Dolly’s TED Talk. Follow Dolly on Twitter. Follow Dolly on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/15/202347 minutes, 45 seconds
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SPOS #861 - Shawn Kanungo On Becoming A Bold One

Welcome to episode #861 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #861. I first met Shawn Kanungo many years back (we share the same speaking bureau). He was also on the speaking circuit and making quite a ruckus (he still is). We became fast-friends. Shaw recently published his first book, The Bold Ones - Innovate And Disrupt To Become Truly Indispensable. While he's known for his thinking on innovation and strategy, Shawn also has incredible video skills. From his virtual presentations (that are next level) to his work on TikTok. Prior to this work, Shaw spent over a decade working at Deloitte. His success at the consultancy paved the way for him to pursue a career in speaking and innovation on his own. Shawn helps people to think differently, to make bold decisions, and to create an environment of collaboration and innovation in their work. By sharing his personal story, Shawn demonstrates the power of collective action and encourages readers to take action and make a difference in their organization. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:02:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Shawn Kanungo. The Bold Ones - Innovate And Disrupt To Become Truly Indispensable. Follow Shawn on TikTok. Follow Shawn on Instagram. Follow Shawn on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/8/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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SPOS #860 - Mauro Porcini On The Human Side of Innovation

Welcome to episode #860 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #860. People are at the heart of innovation, and creating an environment that encourages collaboration and open communication is essential for success. Nobody knows this better than Mauro Porcini. Mauro is an influential global design leader and the Senior Vice President and Chief Design Officer of PepsiCo (which includes a ton of brands like Mountain Dew, Gatorade, SodaStream, Doritos and countless others). His journey to the top started from humble beginnings, and prior to PepsiCo, he served as the first-ever Chief Design Officer at 3M. He is an advocate of innovation and his latest book, The Human Side of Innovation, shares his take on the true nature of innovation and how to create meaningful work. Through his book, he encourages readers to use their craft, courage, intelligence and ingenuity to make meaningful impact. Mauro is committed to mentoring and storytelling, and he is passionate about connecting with others and helping them to realize their potential. The Human Side of Innovation offers unique insights and valuable guidance from someone who was managing design in industries that were very skeptical of his work. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:19. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Mauro Porcini. The Human Side of Innovation. PepsiCo. Follow Mauro on Instagram. Follow Mauro on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/1/202357 minutes, 20 seconds
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SPOS #859 - Joshua Gans On The Economics Of Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to episode #859 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #859. How does artificial intelligence affect the structure and dynamics of the global economy? What are the potential benefits and risks associated with artificial intelligence on the future of humanity? Joshua Gans is the co-author of the recently published book, Power and Prediction - The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence. He is also widely known as the co-author of Prediction Machines and over ten other books at the intersection of technology, disruption and economics. Joshua is a Professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is also the Chief Economist at the Creative Destruction Lab and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a leading expert in the field of economics, particularly in the areas of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Along with book writing, he is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also done extensive work on entrepreneurship, the digital economy, and the management of intellectual property. Joshua is a recipient of the John Kenneth Galbraith Prize for his work on the economics of the digital economy and was recently named one of the world’s top 25 most influential economists by Bloomberg. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 47:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joshua Gans. Power and Prediction - The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence. Prediction Machines. Rotman School of Management. Creative Destruction Lab. Follow Joshua on Twitter. Follow Joshua on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/25/202247 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #858 - Joseph Jaffe Explores The Future Of The Internet

Welcome to episode #858 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #858. What role will Web3 and NFTs play in the future of digital ownership and intellectual property rights? Can the adoption of Web3 and NFTs lead to greater inclusivity and access to opportunities in the digital economy? Joseph Jaffe is widely regarded as one of the top marketing thinkers in the world (Jaffe Juice). He is the author of many excellent books (Life After The 30-Second Spot, Join The Conversation, Flip The Funnel, Z.E.R.O., Built To Suck). More recently, he launched the Alpha Collective a hybrid mastermind, online community and Web3 venture to help business leaders better connect to the future of tech. He’s also the host of his business talk show, Joseph Jaffe Is Not Famous. A long-time friend (and one of the main inspirations behind the Six Pixels of Separation podcast), we used to record semi-regular conversations, debates and back-and-forths that would dive a little deeper into the business, innovation and marketing landscape. Well, we’re back, and in this episode we discuss the future of the Internet and how the past may look a lot like its future. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 1:03:23. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joseph Jaffe. Alpha Collective. Joseph Jaffe Is Not Famous. Built To Suck. Life After The 30-Second Spot. Join The Conversation. Flip The Funnel. Z.E.R.O. Check out Joe on ThinkersOne. Check out Joe on Twitter. Check out Joe on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/18/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #857 - Jay Baer On Consumer Expectation And Speed

Welcome to episode #857 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #857. What does it take to truly win at the customer experience? Speed. Sure, there are plenty of other ways to do better, but speed is the main thing these days. That's what Jay Baer has discovered in the 2022 Consumer Patience Study that he conducted titled, The Time To Win. My friend Jay has spent 29 years in digital marketing and customer experience. His last book, Talk Triggers, was the complete guide to creating word of mouth excitement. He's also the author of Hug Your Haters, Youtility and more. Before selling his agency, Convince & Convert, he also hosted the Social Pros podcast and the Standing Ovation podcast. If that were not enough, Jay is currently a business influencer and an amazing keynote speaker. Jay is also a certified tequila sommelier, and creates custom tequila education/live tasting programs for in-person and virtual events. Now, how fast is fast enough for today's demanding consumers? Let's find out. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jay Baer. The Time To Win. Talk Triggers. Hug Your Haters. Youtility. Jay is also a certified tequila sommelier. Check out Jay on ThinkersOne. Check out Jay on Twitter. Check out Jay on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/11/202251 minutes, 13 seconds
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SPOS #856 - Gabriella Rosen Kellerman On Developing Your Tomorrowmind

Welcome to episode #856 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #856. How can you truly think about your life but in the future? The book, Tomorrowmind - Thriving at Work - Now and in an Uncertain Future (co-authored with famed thinker, Professor Martin Seligman) - has some of the better (and science-backed) answers. The book will be out in January 2023, but here is a taste of the genius via Gabriella Rosen Kellerman. She is an author, entrepreneur, start-up executive, and Harvard-trained physician with expertise in behavioral and organizational, change, digital health, wellbeing, and AI. Gabriella has served as Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at BetterUp, a transformation platform for global professionals, and as Head of BetterUp Labs, BetterUp’s research arm, which studies whole person development in partnership with labs at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and many more. Jumping from a career in psychiatry to tech startup, she is the founding CEO of the healthcare technology company LifeLink, former Director of Health and Quality Products at Castlight Health, and a serial executive at, and advisor to, healthcare, coaching, and behavior change technology companies. In Tomorrowmind, the authors tackle the challenges of thriving in our modern world of work with a 70,000 year-old brain. How can we not only survive but flourish amidst the never-ending cycles of change and unprecedented uncertainty that threatens to drown us daily? Drawing from their original research, they outline five key skills that today’s professionals need to develop to achieve their potential. It also offers guidance for organizational leaders looking to arm their workforce with the capabilities that will future-proof their firm’s success. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:40. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Gabriella Rosen Kellerman. Tomorrowmind - Thriving at Work - Now and in an Uncertain Future. BetterUp. Professor Martin Seligman. Follow Gabriella on Instagram. Follow Gabriella on LinkedIn. Follow Gabriella on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/4/202251 minutes, 41 seconds
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SPOS #855 - Mike Evans On The Startup Journey

Welcome to episode #855 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #855. The recently release book, Hangry, is a humorous, rags-to-riches, cautionary tale about Mike Evans, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who founded GrubHub in his basement and expanded it into the multi-billion dollar online food delivery colossus. Hungry and tired one night, Mike wanted a pizza, but getting a pizza delivered was a pain in the neck. He didn’t want to call a million restaurants to see what was open. So, as an avid coder, he created GrubHub in his spare bedroom to figure out who delivered to his apartment. Then, armed with a $140 check from his first customer and ignoring his crushing college debt he quit his job. Over the next decade, Mike grew GrubHub into the world’s premier online ordering website. In doing so, he entered the company of an elite few entrepreneurs to take a startup from an idea all the way to an IPO. GrubHub’s journey from Mike’s bedroom to Wall Street doesn’t fMit into how business schools teach entrepreneurship. With a razor-sharp wit, Mike reveals surprising insights about how people approach food, and hard-won truths about how startups succeed — and even harder-won truths about how startups fail. Shocking everyone, at the pinnacle of startup success, Mike left it all behind, quitting the company he started to bike across the United States in search of balance. But eventually, the grand vistas of America bring the lessons of the past into focus, driving the realization that for entrepreneurs a hunger for success doesn’t end, and he starts another company, even more ambitious than the first. The company is Fixer. Fixer is an on-demand handyperson service. The key to the business is that the fixers are W-2 employees with benefits, trained from scratch in-house. Their goal is to reboot trade education in the United States. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 46:16. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Mike Evans. Hangry. GrubHub. Fixer. Follow Mike on LinkedIn. Follow Mike on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/27/202246 minutes, 17 seconds
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SPOS #854 - Jeremy Utley On Ideaflow And Coming Up With Better Ideas

Welcome to episode #854 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #854. As a dynamic and engaging speaker, Jeremy Utley translates his research into the history of invention and discovery into transformative learning experiences. He co-leads the d.school’s Executive Education programs, and co-teaches two celebrated courses at Stanford, Leading Disruptive Innovation and LaunchPad, which focus on creating real-world impact with the tools of design and innovation. One of the most prodigious collaborators at the d.school, Jeremy has taught alongside the likes of Lecrae, Dan Ariely, Laszlo Bock, and Greg McKeown. He has a new book out called, Idealflow - The Only Business Metric That Matters (along with co-author Perry Klebahn). In Ideaflow, they focus on offering their proven strategy for coming up with great ideas by yourself or with your team, and quickly determining which are worthy. Creativity is everyone's business... and this book proves it. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jeremy Utley. Idealflow - The Only Business Metric That Matters. Free bonus chapter: How To Think Like Bezos & Jobs. d.school. Perry Klebahn. Follow Jeremy on LinkedIn. Follow Jeremy on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/20/202258 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #853 - Heidi K. Gardner On Smarter Collaboration At Work

Welcome to episode #853 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #853. If you're studying the current (and future) state of work, there is no doubt that when we talk about "back to office," the main reason to do this is for better collaboration. But what does that mean... and is that true? Well, let's ask the expert on smarter collaboration, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner. Heidi is an advisor, keynote speaker, and facilitator for organizations. Named by Thinkers50 as a Next Generation Business Guru, she is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and former professor at Harvard Business School. She is currently the faculty chair and instructor in multiple executive education programs at both institutions. She has authored (or co-authored) more than 100 books, chapters, case studies, and articles. This includes the Washington Post best-selling book, Smart Collaboration - How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos and the newly published, Smarter Collaboration - A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work. Her research has received the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management and has been selected multiple times for Harvard Business Review’s “best of” collections. If you're trying to figure out how to make the work flow better in your work, please take a listen. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Heidi K. Gardner. Smarter Collaboration - A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work. Smart Collaboration - How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos. Gardner & Co. Follow Heidi on LinkedIn. Follow Heidi on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #853.
11/13/202252 minutes, 46 seconds
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SPOS #852 - Tom Peters On What Truly Matters At Work

Welcome to episode #852 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #852. There are few true business thinkers that have impacted my life - at every twist and turn - in the way that Tom Peters has. He is the patron saint of management strategy and business thinking. Full stop. When I think of Tom Peters, there is only one word that comes to mind: Legend. He is that. He is the "oracle of business" to me, personally (and for many others) when it comes to business, business book writing, public speaking, personal branding, and how to show up. If you want to know how much his work and thinking has impacted my life, you can click back about ten years to when I wrote a very public love letter to him (here it is: Dear Tom Peters). From the moment I first read The Project 50 – close to twenty years ago – to every book, program and article that he’s put out, I have been a fan. To say that I studied his public speaking style and adopted it for my own would not be a lie. A bio for Tom Peters? Where to begin? In 1982 he co-authored the seminal business book, In Search Of Excellence, which has been named one of the top three business books of the century by NPR. For my dollar, he’s changed almost everything I thought I knew about business through a series of books called, The Reinventing Work Series 50 List Books. In 2003, I devoured Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age, and it still sits within arm’s reach on my desk (one of the only books to do so). In 1987 he wrote the article, The Brand Called You, in Fast Company and it – literally – ushered in the era of individuals as brands (so, don’t believe those who think that they created the notion of a personal brand… it was Tom). His list of accolades and awards could fill a book. About a year ago, he claimed that, Excellence Now - Extreme Humanism, would his (gasp!) last book. Thankfully, he just published another gem: Tom Peters’ Compact Guide to Excellence. This is another one of Tom’s small books that packs a massive pop. It is filled with exhilarating quotes that will inspire you to recognize what truly matters at work. Tom compiled these gems of wisdom from those down in the trenches creating extraordinary places to work. In this episode, we discuss everything from new work spaces to equity, and what really matters as we toil through our work. I am also very proud that Tom is active on ThinkersOne. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:56. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tom Peters. Tom Peters’ Compact Guide to Excellence. Excellence Now - Extreme Humanism. The Project 50. In Search Of Excellence. Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age. The Brand Called You. The Reinventing Work Series 50 List Books. Check out Tom on ThinkersOne. Follow Tom on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/6/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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SPOS #851 - Ann Handley On Creating Ridiculously Good Content

Welcome to episode #851 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #851. Here is a truism that I live by: Knowing how to write (and speak) well is core to a person’s success in work (and life). When it comes to learning how to write better, one of my favorite people in the whole wide world is Ann Handley. Ann has a constant flow of brilliant thoughts on content and marketing. She is one of the most insightful writers, and an incredible presenter on the concepts of content marketing and storytelling. Along with being a successful businessperson, she is also the author of two bestselling books, Everybody Writes and Content Rules (co-authored with C.C. Chapman). Currently, she runs MarketingProfs, which is a training and education company that has helped millions of professionals. Her previous company, ClickZ, was one of the first sources of digital marketing information in the world (which she sold over twenty years ago). Ann is beloved for all of the right reasons. And, if you still don’t believe me, you should check out her incredible newsletter that comes out every two weeks. On this week’s episode we dive into her latest project: A completely revised and re-written edition of her bestselling book, Everybody Writes. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:06:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ann Handley. Everybody Writes. Content Rules. MarketingProfs. Ann’s Newsletter. Follow Ann on Instagram. Follow Ann on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/30/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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SPOS #850 - Douglas Rushkoff On The Harmful Effects Of Technology On Our Future

Welcome to episode #850 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #850. I’ve said it before… I will say it again: Douglas Rushkoff is - without a doubt - one of the smartest humans beings on this earth that I get to call a friend. Douglas is back with another compelling book about technology and how it could impact us (in a very negative way) if we don’t start making serious moves… right away. The new book is called, Survival of the Richest - Escape fantasies of the tech billionaires, and it goes well below the depth of bunkers that these tech billionaires have built to save themselves should everything sideways. In this book, Doug traces the origins of The Mindset in science and technology through its current expression in missions to Mars, island bunkers, AI futurism, and the metaverse. In a dozen urgent, electrifying chapters, he confronts tech utopianism, the datafication of all human interaction, and the exploitation of that data by corporations. Through fascinating characters — master programmers who want to remake the world from scratch as if redesigning a video game and bankers who return from Burning Man convinced that incentivized capitalism is the solution to environmental disasters — Doug explores why those with the most power to change our current trajectory have no interest in doing so. Named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, Doug is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and documentarian who studies human autonomy in the digital age. He hosts the popular Team Human podcast, Rushkoff has written twenty books, including the bestsellers Team Human, Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed. He is also the person who made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like and The Merchants of Cool. Douglas coined such concepts as "viral media" and "social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a professor of media theory and digital economics. Let’s dig into the present and future of tech. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:45. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Douglas Rushkoff. Survival of the Richest - Escape fantasies of the tech billionaires. Team Human. Team Human podcast. Present Shock. Program or Be Programmed. Generation Like. The Merchants of Cool. Follow Doug on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/23/202256 minutes, 45 seconds
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SPOS #849 - Scott Goodson On Activating Your Brand Purpose

Welcome to episode #849 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #849. Based in New York, Scott Goodson is the founder and CEO of StrawberryFrog. For the last twenty-five years, he has worked with some of the world’s most iconic companies including Google, Emirates Airlines, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Jim Beam, Mercedes and countless others. He invented the concept of Movement Thinking, an approach that uses the principles of societal movements to solve marketing and leadership challenges. Scott has lectured on the subject at Harvard Business School, Columbia, Cambridge and many more. He is the author of Activate Brand Purpose - How to harness the power of movements to transform your company (along with co-author Chip Walker). We live in an age of activism - the conscious consumer is more socially aware than ever before, and this is reflected in their buying habits. Yet, activism on behalf of brands is lagging. While many claim to be 'purpose driven brands', far too often this purpose is relegated to a plaque above the CEO's desk, and never goes any further. Or, worse, the 'purpose' is transparently used as a marketing ploy, but never acted upon in any real way. It's time to turn that around. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Scott Goodson. Activate Brand Purpose - How to harness the power of movements to transform your company. StrawberryFrog. Follow Scott on LinkedIn. Follow Scott on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/16/202252 minutes, 21 seconds
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SPOS 848 - Megan Reitz On Navigating Power And Politics At Work

Welcome to episode #848 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #848. Enabling people to speak up at work is now an imperative to reduce the risk of wrong-doing as well as access vital knowledge and ideas from employees. Simply asking people to ‘speak up’ and encouraging leaders to ‘engage in conversation’ without thoroughly appreciating the impact that power differences - and prevailing social and cultural norms - have on what can be spoken, and what is heard, is naïve at best. This is the work of Megan Reitz and the main topic of her latest book, Speak Up - Say what needs to be said and hear what needs to be heard (along with co-author, John Higgins). Working at the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness, Megan has presented research to audiences throughout the world and is ranked as one of the top 50 management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 and on the 2021 HR Most Influential list of Thinkers. She is also the author of Dialogue in Organizations - Developing Relational Leadership and Mind Time - How 10 mindful minutes can enhance your work, health and happiness. Megan is a Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge Executive Education – part of Hult International Business School. Before joining Ashridge, Megan was a consultant with Deloitte, surfed the dot-com wave with boo.com, and worked in strategy consulting. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:05. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Megan Reitz. Speak Up - Say what needs to be said and hear what needs to be heard. Dialogue in Organizations - Developing Relational Leadership. Mind Time - How 10 mindful minutes can enhance your work, health and happiness. Ashridge Executive Education. Follow Megan on LinkedIn. Follow Megan on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/9/20221 hour, 5 seconds
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SPOS #847 - Matthew Dixon On The Science Of Getting More Sales

Welcome to episode #847 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #847. If you're in sales (and who isn't?) you should probably read (if you haven't already) The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon. The book was published in 2011, and has become one of the bigger books about sales. Matt is back with a brand new book, The JOLT Effect - How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision (co-authored with Ted McKenna). The book focuses on a big idea: Customers no longer care about succeeding. What they really care about is not failing... and how, as a sales person, you can use this strategy to open up bigger conversations with prospects and close even bigger sales. Matt is Chief Product & Research Officer of the Austin-based AI and machine learning venture, Tethr. In this capacity, he has responsibility for product strategy, product management and product marketing. Prior to joining Tethr, Matt was a Senior Partner and Global Head of Sales Force Effectiveness Solutions at Korn Ferry Hay Group and, before that, held numerous global leadership roles in research, product development and management for CEB, now Gartner. A seasoned business researcher, Matt has been involved in dozens of original quantitative and qualitative research studies on topics ranging from customer experience strategy to customer service and sales effectiveness. Matt is also the author of several other books. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:08. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Matthew Dixon. The JOLT Effect - How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision. Ted McKenna. The Challenger Sale. Tethr. Follow Matthew on LinkedIn. Follow Matthew on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/2/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 9 seconds
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SPOS #846 - Ella F. Washington On Making Real Progress On Equity And Inclusion

Welcome to episode #846 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast - Episode #846. Candid conversations about diversity, inclusion and equity are never easy. Dr. Ella F. Washington is an organizational psychologist and DEI expert with a wealth of experience through her involvement as the Founder and CEO of Ellavate Solutions, a Professor of Practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Co-host of Gallup's Center of Black Voices Cultural Competence Podcast, and the author of the amazing book, The Necessary Journey - Making Real Progress on Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Washington continues to deepen her research pipeline and thought leadership as a Gallup Senior Scientist studying race, strengths and other DEI workplace topics. Dr. Washington’s global human capital consulting experience has allowed her to impact clients across a myriad of industries including financial services, sports & entertainment, oil and gas, higher education and government. Previously, Dr. Washington led the Diversity and Inclusion function Gallup as a subject matter expert where she provided insight to clients on issues of inclusion, culture, strategic diversity and engagement. Her research and client work focuses on women in the workplace, barriers to inclusion for diverse groups, and working with organizations to build inclusive cultures. She has conducted inclusiveness audits, developed learning workshops, and facilitates strategic planning sessions with executive leadership teams who have goals of intentionally improving diversity and inclusion. These experiences inspired the 2016 founding of Ellavate Solutions, an integrated DEI strategy firm. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:57. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. Check out ThinkersOne. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Ella F. Washington. The Necessary Journey - Making Real Progress on Equity and Inclusion. Center of Black Voices Cultural Competence Podcast. Ellavate Solutions. Follow Dr. Ella on Instagram. Follow Dr. Ella on LinkedIn. Follow Dr. Ella on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/25/202252 minutes, 58 seconds
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SPOS #845 - Tom Webster On The Future Of Podcasting

Welcome to episode #845 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #845. If you ever need to know anything about the state of Podcasting (or where it's going), just ask Tom Webster. Tom has a new role as Partner at Sounds Profitable, dedicated to setting the course for the future of the audio business. He is a 25-year veteran audio researcher and trusted advisor to the biggest companies in podcasting, and has dedicated his career to the advancement of podcasting for networks and individuals alike. He has been the co-author and driver behind some of audio’s most influential studies, from the Infinite Dial series to Share of Ear and the Podcast Consumer Tracker. Tom has led hundreds of audience research projects on six continents, for some of the most listened-to podcasts and syndicated radio shows in the world. He’s done a card trick for Paula Abdul, shared a martini with Tom Jones, and sold vinyl to Christopher Walken. Tom is known as a results-driven consumer insights visionary, and I am honored to call him a friend. We've both been in the podcasting game longer than most and enjoy the back-and-forth banter about the industry. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tom Webster. Sounds Profitable. Follow Tom on LinkedIn. Follow Tom on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/18/202251 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPOS #844 - Todd Henry On How To Be Creative Daily

Welcome to episode #844 of Six Pixels of Separation - The ThinkersOne Podcast. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #844. When I think about creativity, motivation, getting the work done, being prolific, and taking my thinking to the next level, I often think about the work of Todd Henry. Positioning himself as an "arms dealer for the creative revolution," Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of multiple bestselling books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. With millions of downloads, his podcast - The Accidental Creative - offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy. He's got a brand new book out called, Daily Creative - A Practical Guide For Staying Prolific, Brilliant and Healthy. In the book, we're given a daily dose of insight with 365 exercises and insights for busy professionals, creative and beyond. The book was designed to help you gain powerful focus each and every day. Each daily reading can be completed in five minutes and includes a specific theme to break you out of your current mindsets: A challenge to reflect on and apply a new habit-building principles long with a key action as a takeaway to yield lasting results. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:30. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Todd Henry. Daily Creative - A Practical Guide For Staying Prolific, Brilliant and Healthy. The Accidental Creative. Die Empty. Louder Than Words. Herding Tigers. The Motivation Code. The Accidental Creative Podcast. Follow Todd on Twitter. Follow Todd on Instagram. Follow Todd on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/11/202255 minutes, 30 seconds
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SPOS #843 - Susie Wise On How We Design For Belonging

Welcome to episode #843 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #843. Dr. Susie Wise is a design leader with experience in the education, tech, and the social sectors. She coaches leaders in equity design and innovation practices. She teaches at the d.school at Stanford and coaches with the Mira Fellowship. Previously, she founded and directed the K12 Lab at the d.school and co-created Liberatory Design. Her latest book, Design for Belonging, is part of a Stanford d.school series of designer guides, but is filled with insights for all business professionals. The book features a pantheon of smart insights to inspire your design for belonging endeavors and tools and exercises for framing your work. It’s also filled with stunning illustrations by DC-based muralist Rose Jaffe. In a world of remote and hybrid work, it’s important that everyone has both a sense of belonging and an understanding how to foster belonging in every organization. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 46:32. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Susie Wise. Design for Belonging. d.school. Rose Jaffe. Follow Susie on LinkedIn. Follow Susie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/4/202246 minutes, 32 seconds
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SPOS #842 - Andrea Belk Olson On Secret Customer Needs

Welcome to episode #842 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #842. Have you ever met a "differentiation expert"? That's the role of Andrea Belk Olson (who is also a speaker and author). As the CEO at Pragmadik, where her team helps organizations of all sizes better understand customers (their wants, desires and secret needs). She is the author of The Customer Mission, No Disruptions, and more recently published her newest book, What to Ask - How to learn what customers need but don't tell you. A sought-after keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events, Andrea is a visiting lecturer at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and head of their Startup Business Incubator (JPEC Founders Club). She is also a mentor at the University of Iowa Venture School. In What to Ask, Andrea delivers a fresh, cognitive approach for discovering hidden customer needs, converting them quickly into differentiators, and avoiding the pitfalls of traditional research, which ignores the two essential sources of insight: context and behavior. So, if you are faced with discovering what customers really want, this episode is just for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:33. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Andrea Belk Olson. What to Ask. The Customer Mission. No Disruptions. Pragmadik. The Customer Mission Podcast. Follow Andrea on LinkedIn. Follow Andrea on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/28/202253 minutes, 34 seconds
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SPOS #841 - Nathan Furr On The Upside Of Uncertainty

Welcome to episode #841 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #841. In his new book, The Upside of Uncertainty - A Guide To Finding Possibility In The Unknown, Nathan Furr (and his co-author/wife, Susannah Harmon Furr) provide a science-backed guide for navigating and thriving through uncertainty — based on interviews and insights from world-renowned leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives. It's a book for this exact moment in time, and it's a wonderful read. Nathan is an Associate Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he teaches innovation and technology strategy. His research focuses on innovation and technology strategy, particularly how new and established firms adapt to technology change and enter new markets. His research has been published in leading journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He has received various impressive awards and is a recognized expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and value creation. He also co-authored Innovation Capital, Leading Transformation, The Innovator's Method, and Nail It then Scale It: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation. Professionally, Nathan has acted as the founder or advisor to corporations and startups in healthcare, clean technology, professional services, the internet, retail and financial services industries. Nathan also sits on the investment board of the Kickstart Seed Fund, an innovative early-stage venture fund, and was the founder of the International Business Model Competition, which attracts thousands of innovative teams from around the world in an international competition. If you're thinking about how to better embrace uncertainty (and, who isn't these days?), this episode is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:33. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Nathan Furr. The Upside of Uncertainty - A Guide To Finding Possibility In The Unknown. Innovation Capital. Leading Transformation. The Innovator's Method. Nail It then Scale It: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating and Managing Breakthrough Innovation. Susannah Harmon Furr. Follow Nathan on LinkedIn. Follow Nathan on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/21/202252 minutes, 48 seconds
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SPOS #840 - Kathryn Judge On The Rise Of The Middleman Economy

Welcome to episode #840 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #840. The power of middlemen has, fundamentally, changed the shape of business and our economy. Kathryn Judge is the author of Direct - The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source. In this book, she explores how powerful middlemen and complex supply chains have transformed our lives and how to reclaim the community, connection, and meaning lost along the way. Kathryn is a law professor, author, financial regulation expert, and mother of two. Kate (as she prefers to be called) joined the faculty at Columbia Law School in 2010 and currently serves as the Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law. Her research shows how we can promote a more resilient and accountable financial system, and how regulatory design can enhance the legitimacy and efficacy of financial regulation. Her articles have been published in top journals, including Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, etc. and have received accolades from academic peers and industry. She is an editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:33. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Kathryn Judge. Direct - The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source. Follow Kathryn on LinkedIn. Follow Kathryn on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/14/202250 minutes, 43 seconds
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SPOS #839 - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz On Trusting Data (And Not Your Gut)

Welcome to episode #839 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #839- Host: Mitch Joel. Should you always trust the data? Should you always trust your gut? Is there science behind these choices? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a former Google data scientist turned writer and journalist. He spends his time investigating all types of data to help us answer big questions and make better decisions at work and in life. He's been called a data revolution “prophet” by Dan Pink, because of Seth's ability to teach us how our instincts lead us astray, but data can help us see the world more accurately, ask better questions, and get happier (according to him). His first book was, Everybody Lies - Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, and his latest one is, Don't Trust Your Gut - Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life. Seth is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and a former visiting lecturer at The Wharton School, where he developed a course about his research. Seth has presented his original research scientific manuscripts, public journals, and engaging lectures all over the world. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard and a BA in Philosophy from Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:33. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. Don't Trust Your Gut - Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life. Everybody Lies - Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. Follow Seth on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/7/202257 minutes, 34 seconds
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SPOS #838 - Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher On Expertise (And Who Is Truly An Expert)

Welcome to episode #838 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #838 - Host: Mitch Joel. It seems like everyone on LinkedIn (which is everyone who works) considers themself an expert in something (or everything). What is expertise? Who should we consider an expert? Is there one definition to rule them all? Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher is not just an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Science, Health, and Technology Communication at the University of Waterloo, but is also the author of, On Expertise - Cultivating Character, Goodwill, and Practical Wisdom. Much of Ashley's current research focuses on climate change communication, and she is a member of the University of Waterloo's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and the Water Institute. In addition to her duties at Waterloo, she is the General Co-Editor, with Carolyn R. Miller, at Genre Across Borders. Further, she served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM) from 2019-2021 and as President of ARSTM from 2018-2019. Ashley's research focuses on how communication practices shape the processes of science and also how diverse audiences engage with scientific and technical subjects through various communication strategies and modalities. Along with being the author of On Expertise, she also wrote Science Communication Online, and is co-editor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments. Ashley has also been published in numerous journal articles and chapters. If you consider yourself an expert or eyeroll at those who self-describe themselves as one, this episode is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:37. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher. On Expertise - Cultivating Character, Goodwill, and Practical Wisdom. Science Communication Online. Emerging Genres in New Media Environments. Genre Across Borders. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/31/202259 minutes, 37 seconds
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SPOS #837 - Catherine Price On Why Fun Is Better Than Tech

Welcome to episode #837 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #837 - Host: Mitch Joel. This week, TED released a new talk titled, Why fun is the secret to a healthier life, that was delivered by Catherine Price on the main stage at TED in Vancouver a few months back. It's an event that I have been attending for well over a decade, and Catherine's talk was - without a question - one of the best talks at this year's event. In a strange twist of fate, Catherine wound up joining myself and others for one of the "open night" dinners that I had organized. We became fast friends. This led me down the rabbit hole of the amazing work that she has done. A special thanks to Adam Grant for making the connection and introduction. Here's how Catherine describes herself: "I help people scroll less, live more, and have fun." She is a science journalist, speaker, teacher, consultant, and the author of many books including, The Power of Fun - How to Feel Alive Again, How to Break Up With Your Phone and Vitamania - How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her writing has appeared in places like The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, and many more. Her passion is using her background as a science journalist to help people question their assumptions, make positive changes in their lives, and see mundane things (like fun, phones, vitamins) in an interesting and more philosophical light. She is also the founder of Screen/Life Balance, a resource hub dedicated to helping people create more intentional relationships with technology and reconnect with what really matters to them in life. Her newsletter is also a bright and intelligent light for your inbox (you can subscribe right here). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Catherine Pric. The Power of Fun - How to Feel Alive Again. How to Break Up With Your Phone. Vitamania - How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. The TED Talk: Why fun is the secret to a healthier life. Screen/Life Balance. Catherine Price’s newsletter. Follow Catherine on Instagram. Follow Catherine on LinkedIn. Follow Catherine on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/24/20221 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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SPOS #836 - Ashish Goel On Overcoming The Challenges Of Creative Work

Welcome to episode #836 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #836 - Host: Mitch Joel. Ashish Goel has launched and run design divisions for multiple international companies. He is an entrepreneur, designer, former teaching fellow and a collaborator on the Stanford 2025 project. He is the former head of design at Zomato (India's larger-scale Yelp!). He currently runs Boca, his sparkling water start-up, and advises some of India's top technology companies on design and product management. His new book via the d.school, The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, is called Drawing on Courage - Risks Worth Taking and Stands Worth Making. Ashish believes that this topic is not-always-talked about, yet fundamental to doing cutting edge design work. According to Ashish, "You can do good-enough design-for-life work with its associated tools, but to do great design work you need grit." His book is a practical, illustrated guide to overcoming the challenges of creative work, including where to start, how to give or get feedback, when to change direction, and how to stand up for what matters. Enjoy the conversation.... Running time: 48:16. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ashish Goel. Drawing on Courage - Risks Worth Taking and Stands Worth Making. d.school. Boca. Follow Ashish on LinkedIn. Follow Ashish on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/17/202248 minutes, 17 seconds
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SPOS #835 - Kim Scott On Radical Candor And Ultimate Culture

Welcome to episode #835 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #835 - Host: Mitch Joel. I have been hard at work trying to find a way to meet Kim Scott since she first published the book, Radical Candor. A special thanks to Dorie Clark and Alisa Cohn for inviting Kim to a dinner that we hosted during the last TED event in Vancouver. Along with Radical Candor, Kim is also the author of Just Work - How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-ass Culture of Inclusivity and co-founder of the companies, Just Work and Radical Candor. Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google. Prior to that Kim managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow. She lives with her family in Silicon Valley, and loves to write fiction novels almost as much (maybe more) than business books. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Kim Scott. Just Work - How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-ass Culture of Inclusivity. Radical Candor. Follow Kim on LinkedIn. Follow Kim on Instagram. Follow Kim on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/10/202259 minutes, 9 seconds
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SPOS #834 - Ron Carucci On How To Lead With Truth, Justice And Purpose

Welcome to episode #834 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #834 - Host: Mitch Joel. Under what conditions will people tell the truth, behave fairly and act with purpose at work? And when will they lie, cheat and be selfish? Based on 15 years of research, Ron Carucci's latest book, To Be Honest, looks at four factors and how they foster the right (or wrong) culture. Ron has a thirty-year track record helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership — from start-ups to Fortune 10s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. With experience in more than 25 countries on four continents, he helps organizations articulate strategies that lead to accelerated growth, and then designs programs to execute those strategies. The author of eight books, Ron shares the stories of leaders who have acted with purpose, honesty and justice even when it was difficult to do so, and how they came out on top. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:19. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ron Carucci. To Be Honest. Navalent. Follow Ron on LinkedIn. Follow Ron on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/3/202258 minutes, 19 seconds
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SPOS #833 - Christine Porath On Mastering Community

Welcome to episode #833 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #833 - Host: Mitch Joel. What does it mean to build a community? How powerful are communities? Have communities become to insular lately? Christine Porath is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She’s the author of Mastering Civility - A Manifesto for the Workplace and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior. Her latest book is called, Mastering Community - The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us From Surviving To Thriving. In this book, Christine argues how important thriving communities are to our wellbeing and the success of organizations, and learn what steps you can take to create them. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 47:52. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Christine Porath. Mastering Community - The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us From Surviving To Thriving. Mastering Civility - A Manifesto for the Workplace. The Cost of Bad Behavior. Follow Christine on LinkedIn. Follow Christine on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/26/202247 minutes, 53 seconds
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SPOS #832 - John Hagel On The Future, Technology And Life At The Edge

Welcome to episode #832 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #832 - Host: Mitch Joel. To those in the know, John Hagel is a known entity. I've heard him described as the horse-whisperer to many of technology's most respected leaders. John has spent over forty years in Silicon Valley and has experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, speaker and author. He is driven by a desire to help individuals and institutions around the world to increase their impact in a rapidly changing world. After recently retiring as a partner from Deloitte, John published his newest book, The Journey Beyond Fear, that addresses the psychology of change and he is developing a series of programs to help people navigate through change at many levels. John has founded a new company, Beyond Our Edge, that works with companies and people who are seeking to anticipate the future and achieve much greater impact. While at Deloitte, John was the founder and leader of the global Center for the Edge with the mission of identifying emerging business opportunities that should be on the agenda of CEO’s, but are not, and doing the research to persuade them to put them on their agenda. He has also worked with McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group. He also served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups. He currently is on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, an organization that conducts leading edge research on complex adaptive systems. He also serves on the faculty of Singularity University. He has also led a number of initiatives regarding business transformation with the World Economic Forum. In addition to his new book, John is the author of seven books, including The Power of Pull, Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge. If you think about the future of work and how we can adapt to change, this is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with John Hagel. The Journey Beyond Fear. Beyond Our Edge. The Power of Pull. Net Gain. Net Worth. Out of the Box. The Only Sustainable Edge. Follow John on Facebook. Follow John on LinkedIn. Follow John on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #832 - Host: Mitch Joel.
6/19/202252 minutes, 22 seconds
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SPOS #831 - Robert Livingston On Seeking And Speaking The Truth About Racism

Welcome to episode #831 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #831 - Host: Mitch Joel. His book, The Conversation - How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racisms Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organization, is widely regarded as one of the best books on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Robert Livingston is a social psychologist and leading expert on the science underlying bias and racism in organizations. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015, he held positions as Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Sussex, where he was also area chair, and founder and faculty director of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity. Dr. Livingston is also a practitioner whose passion is the application of social psychological theory and research to solving real-world organizational and societal challenges. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. His Harvard Business Review article, How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace, was the winner of the 2020 Warren Bennis Prize, awarded to the best article on leadership published in HBR each year. This article was also included in HBR at 100 — a book showcasing the most influential and innovative articles published in Harvard Business Review over the last century. His groundbreaking approach to combatting racism is detailed in the book, The Conversation. It was selected from among 600 entries as one of six finalists for the Financial Times & McKinsey Best Book of 2021 Award. The Conversation was also nominated for a 2022 NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding Literary Work—Instructional” category. Dr. Livingston is an elected Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and he was also selected by Thinkers50 as a member of the Radar Class of 2022. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:55. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Robert Livingston. The Conversation - How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racisms Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organization. UpCurrent by Robert Livingston on Substack. Follow Robert on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/12/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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SPOS #830 - Zoe Chance On News Ways To Think About Influence And Persuasion

Welcome to episode #830 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #830 - Host: Mitch Joel. Dr. Zoe Chance is a writer, teacher, researcher, and climate philanthropist obsessed with the topic of interpersonal influence. She earned her doctorate from Harvard and now teaches the most popular course at Yale School of Management, which is the basis for her international bestseller, Influence Is Your Superpower - The Science of Winning Hearts, Speaking Change and Making Good Things Happen. Her framework for behavior change is the foundation for Google’s global food policy, and before academia, she managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel. Today, Zoe teaches smart, kind people to raise money for charity, get elected to political office, fund startups, start movements, save lives, find love, negotiate great deals and job offers, and even get along better with their kids. In other words, she helps people to use their superpower of influence as a force for good. Influence Is Your Superpower will teach you how to transform your life, your organization, and perhaps even the course of history. It’s an ethical approach to influence that will make life better for everyone, starting with you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 47:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Zoe Chance. Influence Is Your Superpower. Follow Zoe on LinkedIn. Follow Zoe on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/5/202247 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPOS #829 - David McRaney On The Surprising Science of How Minds Change

Welcome to episode #829 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #829 - Host: Mitch Joel. When you have a curious mind, you might find yourself wondering what it takes to truly change someone's mind... is that even possible? Especially as things get as crazy as they have become? David McRaney had his own mind changed (about many things)… and it surprised him. David is a science journalist, and he's fascinated will all things brains, minds and culture. He created the blog/book/podcast, You Are Not So Smart, to get a better understanding of self-delusion and motivated reasoning. He started the blog in 2009, and the book became a bestseller shortly after (now available in 17 languages). His second book, You Are Now Less Dumb, was released in 2013, and his latest book is, How Minds Change - The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion and Persuasion. David also recently wrote, produced, and recorded a six-hour audio documentary, Exploring Genius, that dives deep into the history of the idea and the word: genius. With that, if you think that we can't motivate others to rethink their beliefs, you would be wrong. If you still don't believe me, listen to this show. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:38. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David McRaney. How Minds Change - The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion and Persuasion. You Are Not So Smart. You Are Now Less Dumb. Exploring Genius. You Are Not So Smart - the podcast. Follow David on LinkedIn. Follow David on Instagram. Follow David on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/29/202255 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPOS #828 - Laura Huang On Turning Adversity Into Advantage

Welcome to episode #828 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #828 - Host: Mitch Joel. Laura Huang is a professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Laura’s research examines interpersonal relationships and implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. She is the creator and co-founder of Project EMplify, an initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage through personal empowerment. Previously, she held positions in investment banking, consulting, and management, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson. Her first book is entitled, Edge - Turning Adversity into Advantage, and it looks at how to find a competitive edge when the obstacles feel insurmountable. How do you get people to take you seriously when they're predisposed not to, and perhaps have already written you off? Through her deeply-researched framework, Laura shows how we can turn weaknesses into strengths and create an edge in any situation. She explains how an entrepreneur scored a massive investment despite initially being disparaged for his foreign accent, and how a first-time political candidate overcame voters' doubts about his physical disabilities. Special shout-out to Laura Gassner Otting for the introduction to Laura. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Laura Huang. Edge - Turning Adversity into Advantage. Project EMplify. Follow Laura on Instagram. Follow Laura on LinkedIn. Follow Laura on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/22/202253 minutes, 13 seconds
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SPOS #827 - Ayelet Fishbach On The Science Of Motivation

Welcome to episode #827 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #827 - Host: Mitch Joel. Is there an actual science to motivation? Can that science be understood in a world where there are so many hucksters push "motivation" with snake oil-like magnitude? Please meet Ayelet Fishbach, the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing and IBM Corporation Faculty Scholar at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ayelet studies social psychology, management and consumer behavior. She is an expert on motivation and decision making. She has presented her research all over the world. Ayelet has served as an Associate Editor on several journals, including Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and she has served on the editorial board of leading journals in psychology and management. She has further served as the president of the International Social Cognition Network and the Society for the Study of Motivation. She is the recipient of several international awards, including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology's Best Dissertation Award, Career Trajectory Award, and the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award. In 2006, she received the Provost's Teaching Award from the University of Chicago. Most recently, Ayelet published her first book, Get It Done - Surprising Lessons From The Science of Motivation, that presents a new theoretical framework for self-motivated action, explaining how to identify the right goals, attack the “middle problem,” battle temptations, use the help of others around you, and so much more. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ayelet Fishbach. Get It Done - Surprising Lessons From The Science of Motivation. Follow Ayelet on LinkedIn. Follow Ayelet on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/15/202254 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPOS #826 - Roger Martin On A New Way To Think

Welcome to episode #826 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #826 - Host: Mitch Joel. Don't take my word for it, but Roger Martin is one of the world's top business thinkers in the world. I do think this is true. In 2017, Roger was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, an annual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, LEGO and Ford. He is is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. His newest book is, A New Way to Think - Your Guide to Superior Managerial Effectiveness. His previous twelve books include, When More is Not Better, Creating Great Choices (with Jennifer Riel), Getting Beyond Better (with Sally Osberg), and Playing To Win (with A.G. Lafley). He has written thirty Harvard Business Review articles and writing every week on Medium as well. If you love big thinking about business, this episode is for. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:24. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Roger Martin. A New Way to Think - Your Guide to Superior Managerial Effectiveness. When More is Not Better. Creating Great Choices. Getting Beyond Better. Playing To Win. Roger on Medium. Follow Roger on LinkedIn. Follow Roger on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/8/202257 minutes, 24 seconds
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SPOS #825 - Joe Pulizzi Breaks Down The Creator Economy

Welcome to episode #825 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #825 - Host: Mitch Joel. Web3, the creator economy, Discord servers, social tokenization, decentralized technology, Twitch streams… and so much more. When it comes to this new world of content marketing, social media and personal brands slamming into newer platforms and creators, you will meet some of the sketchiest people. Lots of talk with little protein. Joe Pulizzi is the real deal, and since his first Content Marketing World back in 2010, I count him as both a good friend and one of the kindest, smartest minds in the business. Joe has founded five companies including his latest, Creator Economy Expo (the inaugural event takes places next week in Phoenix from May 2nd - 4th, 2022). Joe also recently launched, the content entrepreneurship news site, The Tilt, and the Content Marketing Institute. In 2014, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Content Council. His podcast series, This Old Marketing with Robert Rose, has millions of downloads. His charitable foundation, The Orange Effect, delivers speech therapy and technology services to children in over 35 states. Joe is also a bestselling writer. He is the author of Content Inc. (which was recently completely updated and expanded into a second edition), Killing Marketing, Epic Content Marketing and more. His novel, The Will To Die, was awarded "Best Suspense Book" of 2020 by the National Indie Excellence Awards. What does the creator economy and content entrepreneurship mean for you as the world of Web3 grows? Let’s break down this new world of influencers, content marketing and more. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joe Pulizzi. Creator Economy Expo. The Tilt. The Will To Die. This Old Marketing. Content Inc.. Killing Marketing. Epic Content Marketing. Content Marketing Institute. The Orange Effect. Follow Joe on LinkedIn. Follow Joe on Facebook. Follow Joe on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/1/202259 minutes, 22 seconds
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SPOS #824 - Shalene Gupta On The Power Of Trust

Welcome to episode #824 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #824 - Host: Mitch Joel. Do you trust the brands that you buy from? Has your definition of trust in business shifted through this pandemic? Shalene Gupta is a research associate at Harvard Business School and the co-author of The Power of Trust - How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It with Harvard Business School professor, Sandra Sucher. The Power of Trust was nominated for a Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea award. In 2022, Shalene was identified as a thinker to watch out for and made the Thinkers50 Radar list. In the past she was a reporter for Fortune where she wrote about the intersection of diversity and tech. Before working as a reporter, she was a financial specialist for the U.S. Department of Treasury, taught English in Malaysia on a Fulbright scholarship and wrote a book documenting the history of the Malaysian Fulbright program. She has a BA in writing seminars and psychology from Johns Hopkins and an MS from Columbia Journalism School. She’s also a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. Shalene has taught writing classes in the Boston area, spoken at conferences about trust and diversity, and is now thinking deeply about how we can learn to better trust one another and the companies that we work with. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 50:41. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Shalene Gupta. The Power of Trust - How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It. Sandra Sucher. Follow Shalene on LinkedIn. Follow Shalene on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/24/202250 minutes, 42 seconds
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SPOS #823 - Debbie Heiser On Rethinking Age And Aging

Welcome to episode #823 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #823 - Host: Mitch Joel. When I read Debbie Heiser's bio after her being named to the Thinkers50 list, I knew I wanted to dig into her domain of authority. Debbie is an Applied Developmental Psychologist, a TEDx speaker, consultant, Founder of The Mentor Project, and an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at SUNY Old Westbury. Debbie has additionally authored peer-reviewed articles, is co-editor of Spiritual Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults, and a frequent expert guest for syndicated and local talk radio shows, international and local podcasts, and print and online media outlets. Her research covers a wide range of topics related to aging, including depression identification, dementia, and frailty. She received an international award for her research on depression identification, as well as serving for nine years on the Board of the State Society on Aging of New York and was President in 2008. Later In 2016, she served as President of Queens Psychological Association in New York. How do you think about age and aging? If you're young, aging is just around the corner, and for those in their middle age, it's a topic that can impact everything from health and happiness to wealth and progress. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 47:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Debbie Heiser. The Mentor Project. Follow Debbie on LinkedIn. Follow Debbie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/17/202247 minutes, 11 seconds
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SPOS #822 - Marcus Buckingham On Love And Work

Welcome to episode #822 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #822 - Host: Mitch Joel. Marcus Buckingham is the author of two of the best-selling business books of all time, has two of Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and has been the subject of countless in-depth profiles, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. After spending two decades studying excellence at the Gallup Organization and co-creating the StrengthsFinder tool, he built his own coaching and education firm, The Marcus Buckingham Company. As CEO, he quickly turned it into a human capital management company working with some of the world’s largest organizations. He is known as the world’s most prominent researcher on strengths and leadership at work, and today leads research at the ADP Research Institute. Challenging entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, Marcus’s strengths-based approach is defining the future of work as we know it. He is the author of nine books, including: The One Thing You Need To Know, Now, Discover Your Strengths, First, Break All The Rules, and his latest: Love + Work. The book looks at the intelligent intersection of what you love to with how you contribute it. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:35. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Marcus Buckingham. Love + Work. The One Thing You Need To Know. Now, Discover Your Strengths. First, Break All The Rules. The Marcus Buckingham Company. Follow Marcus on LinkedIn. Follow Marcus on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/10/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 35 seconds
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SPOS #821 - Whitney Johnson On Smart Growth

Welcome to episode #821 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #821 - Host: Mitch Joel. Growth is the goal. Helping people develop their potential - enabling them to articulate and become the self they want to be, are capable of being, and that best serves them and others in the short and long term — is what we, as individuals and leaders, strive toward. But how do we grow? This is the question that Whitney Johnson's new book, Smart Growth - How To Grow Your People To Grow Your Company answers. Whitney is CEO of the tech-enabled talent development company Disruption Advisors. Along with being one of the most fascinating people that I know, she is one of the top ten business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at smart growth leadership. Whitney has worked at Fortune 100 companies, and as an award-winning equity analyst on Wall Street. She co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s late Clayton Christensen. She has coached alongside the renowned Marshall Goldsmith, selected by Goldsmith in 2017 as a Top 15 Coach out of a pool of more than 17,000 candidates. Whitney understands how companies work, how investors think, and how the best coaches coach. An award-winning author, Whitney teaches the S Curve of Learning to managers and companies as both a keynote speaker and a frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning. An innovation and disruption theorist, Whitney is also the author of the bestselling, Build an A Team and Disrupt Yourself. She also hosts the weekly, Disrupt Yourself podcast. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Whitney Johnson. Smart Growth - How To Grow Your People To Grow Your Company. Disrupt Yourself. Build an A Team. Disruption Advisors. Disrupt Yourself podcast. Follow Whitney on LinkedIn. Follow Whitney on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/3/202254 minutes, 21 seconds
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SPOS #820 - Jenny Blake On How To Love Your Work

Welcome to episode #820 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #820 - Host: Mitch Joel. Time is not money. Time is life force. This is the core of Jenny Blake's powerful new book, Free Time - Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business. Jenny is an author and podcaster (and friend) who loves helping people navigate change and free time to do more of their best work. Jenny is the author of the award-winning book, Pivot - The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, and co-creator of Google’s acclaimed Career Guru coaching program. Free Time teaches people to move from friction to flow through smarter systems and the three-stage Free Time Framework. Jenny hosts two podcasts with over 1 million downloads combined: Free Time with Jenny Blake for heart-based business owners, and Pivot with Jenny Blake for navigating change. Jenny started her first blog, Life After College, in 2005. After two years as the first employee at a political polling start-up in Silicon Valley, followed by five years at Google in training and career development, Jenny moved to New York City in 2011 to launch her own business. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 48:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jenny Blake. Free Time - Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business. Pivot - The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One. Life After College. Free Time with Jenny Blake. Pivot with Jenny Blake. Follow Jenny on LinkedIn. Follow Jenny on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/27/202248 minutes, 14 seconds
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SPOS #819 - Maria Brito On How To Turn Your Ideas Into Gold

Welcome to episode #819 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #819 – Host: Mitch Joel. You can learn how to make creativity work for your business or career. In her new book, How Creativity Rules The World, Maria Brito shows how creativity is merely a series of habits, actions, and attitudes that you can develop — regardless of who you are and what you do. There has never been a more crucial time than now to develop your creativity and your ability to innovate. Coming up with original ideas of value is today’s most precious resource. Contrary to a myth that has been unfairly perpetuated, creativity can be taught and learned. Maria Brito is an award-winning New York-based contemporary art advisor, author, and curator. A Harvard graduate, originally from Venezuela, her first monograph, Out There, was the recipient of the Best Book Awards in both the Art and Design Categories. In 2015 Brito was selected by Complex Magazine as one of the 20 Power Players in the Art World, and in 2020 she was named by ArtNews as one of the visionaries who gets to shape the art world. For several years, Maria has taught her creativity course in companies and, in 2019, she launched Jumpstart – an online program on creativity for entrepreneurs based on years of research and observation in both the areas of business and art. In 2019 she created and hosted The C Files with Maria Brito, a TV and streaming series for PBS‘s new station All Arts. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 50:03. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog – Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. …or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Maria Brito. How Creativity Rules The World. Jumpstart. Out There. Follow Maria on Instagram. Follow Maria on LinkedIn. Follow Maria on Twitter. This week’s music: David Usher ‘St. Lawrence River’.
3/20/202250 minutes, 4 seconds
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SPOS #818 - Jennifer Moss On The Burnout Epidemic

3/13/202249 minutes, 38 seconds
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SPOS #817 - Carla Johnson On Rethinking Innovation

Welcome to episode #817 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #817 - Host: Mitch Joel. Carla Johnson helps organizations that are constrained by an old-school approach when taking on new world problems. They're struggling with unpredictability, frustrations, and a shortfall of results. They might think the problem is the wrong people or strategy or product. But they’re really suffering from an outdated and faulty architecture. Even the hardest work and best intentions fall flat with the wrong conditions for innovation and more broadly – success – in these modern and volatile times. As an Innovation Architect and CEO of RE:Think Labs, Carla helps organizations design and build the ideal architecture to accelerate innovation, engagement, and growth. Having written ten books and studied both innovation and architecture for the last twenty years, she’s developed a specific framework to help leaders remodel their approaches in order to boost speed, reduce risk, and enjoy more predictable outcomes. In her latest book, RE:Think Innovation, teaches her 5-step framework to connect the dots, come up with the ideas and find the opportunities in any market, for any business and under any condition. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 51:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Carla Johnson. RE:Think Innovation. Follow Carla on LinkedIn. Follow Carla on Twitter.  This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/6/202251 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #816 - Gaurav Bhatnagar On Breakthrough Performance And Well-Being

2/27/202250 minutes, 12 seconds
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SPOS #815 - Sarah Stein Greenberg On How To Think, Create And Lead

2/20/202252 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #814 - Barry Nalebuff On Better Ways To Negotiate

2/13/202255 minutes, 36 seconds
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SPOS #813 - Sucharita Kodali On The Future Of Retail And Consumer Behavior

Welcome to episode #813 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #813 - Host: Mitch Joel. When I think of retail and the state of eCommerce, I'm always curious what Sucharita Kodali is thinking. As Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, Sucharita is a leading expert on eCommerce, multichannel retail, consumer behavior, and trends in the online shopping space. In her research (you can get a taste of it right here), Sucharita covers such consumer-oriented topics as eCommerce forecasting and trends, merchandising best practices, conversion optimization, and social computing in the retail world. Prior to Forrester, Sucharita was the director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she managed the customer acquisition, retention, and market research efforts for the $2 billion luxury retailer's online channel. Sucharita holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:07. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Sucharita Kodali. Forrester. A taste of Sucharita’s latest research. Follow Sucharita on LinkedIn. Follow Sucharita on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/6/20221 hour, 7 seconds
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SPOS #812 - Michael Bungay Stanier On Doing Something That Matters

1/30/202257 minutes, 40 seconds
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SPOS #811 - Ruth Gotian On Peak Business Performance

Welcome to episode #811 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #811 - Host: Mitch Joel. Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes and Psychology Today where she writes about optimizing success. She also has a weekly podcast by the same name, where she gathers high achievers to talk about their journey to success. In 2021, she was one of 30 people worldwide to be named to the Thinkers50 Radar List, dubbed the Oscars of management thinking and is a semi-finalist for the Forbes 50 Over 50 list. During her extensive career, she has personally coached and mentored thousands of people ranging from undergraduates to faculty members. As Assistant Dean for Mentoring she oversaw the success of nearly 1,800 faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine. Currently, she researches the most successful people of our generation, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, CEOs and Olympic champions, in order to learn about their habits and practices so that we may optimize our own success. She is also the author of a brand new book titled, The Success Factor – Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Ruth Gotian. The Success Factor – Developing the Mindset and Skillset for Peak Performance. Optimizing Success Podcast. Follow Ruth on Twitter. Follow Ruth on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/23/202252 minutes, 22 seconds
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SPOS #810 - Martin Ford On The Rule Of The Robots

Welcome to episode #810 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #810 - Host: Mitch Joel. Martin Ford is a futurist and the author of four books, including including his latest, Rule of the Robots - How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything, the New York Times Bestselling Rise of the Robots, Architects of Intelligence, and The Lights in the Tunnel. He is also the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm. His TED Talk on the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on the economy and society, given on the main stage at the 2017 TED Conference (where I was in attendance), has been viewed over 3 million times. So, if you have been thinking about artificial intelligence, automation, and the future of (just about) everything, this is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Martin Ford. Rule of the Robots - How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything. Rise of the Robots. Architects of Intelligence. The Lights in the Tunnel. Follow Martin on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
1/16/202253 minutes, 54 seconds
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SPOS #809 - Dorie Clark On How To Play The Long Game

Welcome to episode #809 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #809 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the great pleasures of my professional career has been getting to know Dorie Clark and watching her ascent in the business world. Dorie has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. Dorie, a consultant and keynote speaker, teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and she is the bestselling author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, Stand Out, and her new book, The Long Game - How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Dorie has been described by the New York Times as an 'expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.' A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:03. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dorie Clark. The Long Game - How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. Entrepreneurial You. Reinventing You. Stand Out. Follow Dorie on Facebook. Follow Dorie on LinkedIn. Follow Dorie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
1/9/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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SPOS #808 - Len Herstein On Vigilance

Welcome to episode #808 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #808 - Host: Mitch Joel. I first heard about Len Herstein because he was running an ever-popular live event called, Brand ManageCamp. A few years later we spoke, and he asked me to give one of the keynote presentations (virtual… because… ya know…). From there we exchanged messages from time to time and became quick friends. Len also understands the danger of complacency. He just wishes he had known earlier. Now, as the author of Be Vigilant! Strategies to Stop Complacency, Improve Performance, and Safeguard Success. Your Business and Relationships Depend on It, he’s on a mission to empower organizations and individuals to safeguard the success they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Len has a three decade history in business, marketing, and entrepreneurism. Before founding ManageCamp Inc and producing 19 annual iterations of the world-acclaimed Brand ManageCamp marketing conference, Len worked in brand marketing and innovation for Coca-Cola, The Campbell Soup Company, and Nabisco. Len is also a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. In this volunteer position, he works up to 850 hours a year as a State-certified peace officer on the patrol team – for free. Inspired to make a positive contribution to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Douglas County, Len works to be part of the solution of creating better relationships between police and the community. It wasn’t long before Len realized he was learning valuable lessons through his law enforcement training that could be applied directly back to his business. The most important lesson, and one of the very first he learned, was the concept that complacency kills and vigilance saves. Now Len has developed actionable strategies to help business leaders stop complacency, improve performance, and safeguard success through vigilance. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:32. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Len Herstein. Be Vigilant! Strategies to Stop Complacency, Improve Performance, and Safeguard Success. Your Business and Relationships Depend on It. Brand ManageCamp. ManageCamp Inc. Follow Len on Facebook. Follow Len on LinkedIn. Follow Len on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
1/2/202254 minutes, 33 seconds
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SPOS #807 - Karen Walrond On How To Work For Change

Welcome to episode #807 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #807 - Host: Mitch Joel. She is on a mission to help people name their gifts, attain their goals and make light. Karen Walrond is an author, a leadership and activism coach, and a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator, having been trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, shame-resilience and worthiness. Karen also trained in positive psychology coaching from the Wholebeing Institute, using the science of well-being and research-based assessments and interventions to bring about greater satisfaction, purpose and fulfillment in life. She's also a bestselling author, on the subjects of tapping into your superpowers and how to work for change in the world without losing your joy, and she's contributed both photographs and essays to books on faith and self-expression. Her latest book is called, The Lightmaker's Manifesto - How To Work For Change Without Losing Your Joy. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Karen Walrond. The Lightmaker's Manifesto - How To Work For Change Without Losing Your Joy. Follow Karen on LinkedIn. Follow Karen on Facebook. Follow Karen on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
12/26/202156 minutes, 37 seconds
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SPOS #806 - Martin Moore On Reconnecting Leadership With Results

Welcome to episode #806 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #806 - Host: Mitch Joel. Meet a very animated (and passionate) leader... who demands real results. His business, Your CEO Mentor, creates cut-through content for leaders who want to build their leadership confidence and skills, fast. Co-founded by father/daughter duo Martin Moore and Emma Green, their purpose is to improve the quality of leaders, globally. Together they have distilled Marty's 30+ years of senior leadership experience and turned it into practical, no nonsense content that helps experienced leaders become exceptional leaders. They host the podcast, No Bullsh!t Leadership, and their book of the same name is a great read. They also run the highly regarded online leadership program, Leadership Beyond The Theory, and work with leaders through a range of bespoke consulting and keynote speaking engagements. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:47. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Martin Moore. Emma Green. No Bullsh!t Leadership. No Bullsh!t Leadership Podcast. Leadership Beyond The Theory. Follow Martin on Facebook. Follow Martin on Instagram. Follow Martin on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/19/202154 minutes, 47 seconds
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SPOS #805 - Vanessa Bohns On Influence And Persuasion

Welcome to episode #805 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #805 - Host: Mitch Joel. I’m really into this book called, You Have More Influence Than You Think - How We Underestimate Our Power Of Persuasion, And Why It Matters by Vanessa Bohns. Vanessa is a social psychologist, an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. She holds a PhD in psychology from Columbia University and an AB in psychology from Brown University. Vanessa has been a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business and has taught at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review, and her research has been published in top academic journals in psychology, management, and law, and featured by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, and beyond. This is her first book, and it illustrates why we we fail to recognize the influence we have, and how that lack of awareness can lead us to miss opportunities or accidentally misuse our power. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Vanessa Bohns. You Have More Influence Than You Think. Follow Vanessa on Instagram. Follow Vanessa on LinkedIn. Follow Vanessa on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
12/12/20211 hour, 40 seconds
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SPOS #804 - Azeem Azhar On This Exponential Age

Welcome to episode #804 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #804 - Host: Mitch Joel. Azeem Azhar is on a mission to explain how our societies and ways of life will change under the force of exponential technologies. He is determined to bring together the two cultures of innovation and tech and of business, society and policy and help us understand the real implications of the changes we are witnessing; which he is able to do from the vantage point of a 25-year career as an entrepreneur, investor and analyst in the tech industry. Azeem's book is called, The Exponential Age - How Accelerating Technology Is Transforming Business, Politics and Society. He brings a unique background to explain the intersection of breakthrough technologies and the economies and societies in which we live. His amazing newsletter, Exponential View, is loved by investors, academics, journalists and nerds like me from around the world. Azeem also hosts the Exponential View podcast, distributed by Harvard Business Review. Azeem is a senior advisor to professional services firm, PwC. He also advises entrepreneurial firms and is an investor in early-stage startups in AI, renewable energy, female healthtech, self-driving cars and marketplaces. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:24. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Azeem Azhar. The Exponential Age - How Accelerating Technology Is Transforming Business, Politics and Society. Azeem’s newsletter: Exponential View. Azeem’s podcast: Exponential View. Follow Azeem on LinkedIn. Follow Azeem on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
12/5/20211 hour, 1 minute, 25 seconds
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SPOS #803 - Pamela Slim On New Customers And New Markets

Welcome to episode #803 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #803 - Host: Mitch Joel. When the book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, came out in 2009, it changed a lot (for many people). The author, Pamela Slim, established herself as a recognized authority in what business could be. She is also a community builder, consultant and former corporate director of training and development at Barclays Global Investors. Over the years, it has been amazing to become friends with her. Pam is also the author of Body of Work and her recently published book, The Widest Net - Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right In Front of You. Pam also partnered with my other friend/author Susan Cain to build and launch the Quiet Revolution and the Quiet Leadership Institute. In 2016, Pam launched the K’é Main Street Learning Lab in Mesa, Arizona, a grassroots, community-based think tank for small business economic acceleration. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:08. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Pamela Slim. The Widest Net - Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right In Front of You. Escape from Cubicle Nation. Body of Work. K’é Main Street Learning Lab. Follow Pamela on LinkedIn. Follow Pamela on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
11/28/202158 minutes, 8 seconds
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SPOS #802 - Adam Tooze On How Covid Shook The World's Economy

Welcome to episode #802 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #802 - Host: Mitch Joel. Are you sick about all the Covid talk? Don't let that stop you from listening to what Adam Tooze has to say about it. Adam is the author of the recently published book, Shutdown - How Covid Shook The World's Economy. Adam's perspective is a little different than most. Adam holds the Shelby Cullom Davis chair of History at Columbia University and serves as Director of the European Institute. In 2019, Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the top Global Thinkers of the decade. Prior to Shutdown, Adam published, Crashed - How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed The World in 2018. His perspective on recent history and the economy is second to none. Adam was born in London. He grew up between England and Heidelberg Germany. Having received his BA in Economics from King’s College Cambridge in the summer of 1989, he had the good fortune to witness the end of the Cold War in Berlin, where he began his postgraduate studies. He went on to take his PhD from the London School of Economics. From 1996 to 2009 Adam taught at the University of Cambridge, where he was Reader in Modern History and Gurnee Hart fellow in History at Jesus College. After Cambridge, Adam was appointed to the Barton M. Biggs Professorship at Yale University, where he succeeded Paul Kennedy as the Director of International Security Studies. Adam joined Columbia’s history department in the summer of 2015. Along with Crashed and Shutdown, he has written a slew of other books that have been translated into eleven languages. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:51. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Adam Tooze. Shutdown - How Covid Shook The World's Economy. Crashed - How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed The World. Chartbook - Substack. Follow Adam on Facebook. Follow Adam on Twitter.  This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
11/21/202156 minutes, 51 seconds
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SPOS #801 - Dave Pell On Breaking News And Being The Internet's Managing Editor

Welcome to episode #801 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #801 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the best newsletters online is NextDraft. It is a a quick and entertaining look at the day's most fascinating news curated and with commentary by Dave Pell (who has self-appointed himself as Managing Editor of the Internet). Dave has been writing about news, technology, and media since 1999. He's been news obsessed since he was child. He has also been investing in and advising startups since the earliest days of the internet, and has written extensively on the role of technology in our lives. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He sits on the board of 826 Valencia and is a longtime advisor to the Center for Investigative Reporting. This is his first book: Please Scream Inside Your Heart - Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year that Wouldn't End, and it's a cathartic and humorous ride through the unnerving, maddening hellscape of the 2020 press cycle, reestablishing the line between "real" news and real life. "Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, for whom parts of this story were all too familiar, Pell puts the key stories of 2020 into context with pith and punch - highlighting turning points that widened America’s divisions, deepened our obsession with a media-driven civil war, and nearly knocked the country off its tracks. Pell also examines the role of technology in society—and how we somehow built the exact opposite of what we thought we were building. Why did the lies spread faster than the truth? How did our tech addiction contribute to the nightmare? Why do you feel a vibration in your pocket right now?" Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:07:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dave Pell. NextDraft. Please Scream Inside Your Heart - Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year that Wouldn't End. Follow Dave on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
11/14/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 54 seconds
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SPOS #800 - Debbie Millman On Why Design (And Podcasting) Matters

Welcome to episode #800 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #800 - Host: Mitch Joel. I'm not one to celebrate milestones. Still, I found myself wondering who might make for a fascinating conversation if episode number 800 ever happened. I wanted it to be someone that I know, love and respect. At the same time, I wanted it be someone that has yet to be a guest on the show. Someone who knows what it's like to toil in the long conversations over the years. There was only one choice: Debbie Millman. Debbie has been creating her own podcast since 2005. It is the first and longest running podcast about design. I do believe that Six Pixels of Separation is the longest consistently running business podcast, but I could be wrong. Debbie is a national treasure, and if you're not listening to her show, Design Matters, you really should. Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie is also an author, educator, and curator, along with being a famed podcast host. Debbie is the author of seven books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page. Her most recent book, Why Design Matters - Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People, will be published in February 2022. She is also the co-owner and Editorial Director of PrintMag.com. Debbie co-founded the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2010. For 20 years, Debbie was the President of Sterling Brands, one of the world’s leading branding consultancies. She arrived in 1995 when the company was two years old and had 15 employees in one office. Under her leadership, Sterling grew to 150 employees in five offices and she was instrumental in the firm’s acquisition by Omnicom in 2008. Again, we share a lot of common and parallel career tracks. Let's celebrate 800 episodes, the power of design, and what it takes to stay the course in the world of podcasting. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:02:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Debbie Millman. Design Matters. Why Design Matters - Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People. Follow Debbie on Instagram. Follow Debbie on LinkedIn. Follow Debbie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
11/7/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #799 - Cade Metz On The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World

Welcome to episode #799 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #799 - Host: Mitch Joel. Best known for his reporting on artificial intelligence, driverless cars, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging areas, Cade Metz is a reporter with The New York Times. Previously, he was a senior staff writer with Wired magazine, the U.S. editor of The Register, PC Magazine, and other outlets. His first book is called Genius Makers - The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World. Genius Makers looks are deep questions like: What does it mean to be smart? To be human? What do we really want from life and the intelligence we have, or might create? From the back cover: "The book presents the fierce conflict among national interests, shareholder value, the pursuit of scientific knowledge, and the very human concerns about privacy, security, bias, and prejudice. Like a great Victorian novel, this world of eccentric, brilliant, often unimaginably yet suddenly wealthy characters draws you into the most profound moral questions we can ask. And like a great mystery, it presents the story and facts that lead to a core, vital question: How far will we let it go?" Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Cade Metz. Genius Makers - The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World. Follow Cade on LinkedIn. Follow Cade on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
10/31/202155 minutes, 2 seconds
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SPOS #798 - Alisa Cohn On Startups, Leadership And Growth

Welcome to episode #798 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #798 - Host: Mitch Joel. Named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards in London, Alisa Cohn has been coaching startup founders to grow into world-class CEOs for nearly twenty years. She is the author of just-published book, From Start-Up to Grown-Up. This onetime startup CFO, strategy consultant, and current angel investor and advisor has worked with Venmo, Etsy, DraftKings, The Wirecutter, Tory Burch, and more. She is the executive coach for Runway Startups – the incubator at Cornell NYC Tech that helps post-docs commercialize their technology and build companies. She serves on the board of the Cornell Advisory Council. She has coached public and political figures. A recovering CPA, she is also a Broadway investor in productions which have won two Tony Awards and is prone to burst into song at the slightest provocation. That doesn't happen on this show (sadly). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:14. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Alisa Cohn. From Start-Up to Grown-Up. From Start-Up To Grown-Up Podcast. Follow Alisa on LinkedIn. Follow Alisa on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
10/24/20211 hour, 15 seconds
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SPOS #797 - David Schonthal On Innovation And New Ideas

Welcome to episode #797 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #797 - Host: Mitch Joel. David Schonthal is a Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches courses in new venture creation, design thinking, business acquisition, healthcare entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and creativity. He also serves as the Faculty Director of Kellogg's Zell Fellows Program, a selective venture accelerator program designed to help student entrepreneurs. Outside of Kellogg David is a Senior Director of Business Design at IDEO, David focuses on helping organizations build and launch new ventures, design new business models, and establish go-to-market strategies. David also serves as an Operating Partner at 7WireVentures, a healthcare technology-focused venture capital firm, and is a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group. He is also a Global Advisor at Design for Ventures, a Tokyo-based early-stage venture fund that invests in design-led Japanese startups. David is a co-founder of MATTER, a 25,000-square-foot innovation center in downtown Chicago focused on supporting healthcare entrepreneurship and serves as a member of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's technology, innovation and entrepreneurship council, ChicagoNext. More recently he co-authored the book, The Human Element - Overcoming the Resistance That Awaits New Ideas with Loran Nordgren. This is for anyone who wants to launch new ideas and innovation into the world and your work. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:57. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Schonthal. The Human Element - Overcoming the Resistance That Awaits New Ideas. Loran Nordgren. Kellogg School of Management. Follow David on Twitter. Follow David on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
10/17/202153 minutes, 57 seconds
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SPOS #796 - Indira Samarasekera On Leadership And Nerve

Welcome to episode #796 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #796 - Host: Mitch Joel. Internationally recognized as one of Canada's leading engineers, Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera has led an amazing career. Indira has been awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship, the Peter Lougheed award for leadership in public policy and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering. A former president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, Indira has honorary degrees from the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, Queen's University Belfast, University of Montréal and the University of Western Ontario. She is also the first woman president ever at the University of Alberta. Indira is a member of the board of directors for Scotiabank and Magna International, and a member of the advisory board for Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year award. She serves on the boards of the Asia-Pacific Foundation and the Rideau Hall Foundation. Most recently, she has co-authored the book, Nerve - Lessons on Leadership From Two Women Who Went First with Martha Piper. This is a conversation about leadership, mentorship and the different routes to lead. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:07. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera. Nerve - Lessons on Leadership From Two Women Who Went First. Martha Piper. Follow Indira on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
10/10/202156 minutes, 8 seconds
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SPOS #795 - Brian Primack On You Are What You Click

Welcome to episode #795 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #795 - Host: Mitch Joel. The new book is called, You Are What You Click - How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience (and, you need to read it). This book is for realists, and it was written by Brian Primack. Brian in Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. In this role, he guides over 5000 students, 300 staff members, and 180 faculty members. He also serves as the Chair in Educational Innovations and Professor of Public Health and Medicine. Prior to moving to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Primack was Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. There, he also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research on Health and Society and Chair in Patient Care. He was also founding director of the University of Pittsburgh's multidisciplinary Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, which is widely regarded as the most influential center of its kind globally. After graduating Yale University with degrees in English and Mathematics, Dr. Primack spent 4 years teaching adolescents and studying human development for his master's degree, which he received from Harvard University. He subsequently graduated first in his class and summa cum laude from Emory Medical School and trained in Family Medicine in Pittsburgh. His work is centered around his expertise in education, technology, human development, and medicine by researching both positive and negative effects of media messages on health. He is a pioneer on the use of media literacy education in preventing adolescent smoking, underage drinking, and other harmful adolescent health behaviors. His work is backed by rigorous research and it, in fact, will get you thinking differently about social media's impact on society and your mental health. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:50. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Brian Primack. You Are What You Click - How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience. Follow Brian on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
10/3/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds
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SPOS #794 - Jonathan Fields On Work That Makes You Come Alive

Welcome to episode #794 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #794 - Host: Mitch Joel. He is one of the kindest humans that I know. Jonathan Fields (aka the Good Life Guy) is all about delivering insights that spark purpose, possibility, and potential. He's been on a decades-long quest to discover what makes people come fully alive. Jonathan is the host of one of the world’s top podcasts, Good Life Project (I was a guest on the Good Life Project back in 2013). He's the author of the bestselling books, How to Live A Good Life and Uncertainty, but we're here to discuss his most recent venture, Spark Endeavors, where he is the chief architect and driving force behind the world’s first purpose, engagement, and flow archetypes – the Sparketypes. This tool has been tapped by over 400,000 individuals and organizations, generating a rapidly growing, global data-set, and insight-based solutions to help transform how we work, lead and live. This culminates in his just-released book, Sparked - Discover Your Unique Imprint For Work That Makes You Come Alive. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jonathan Fields. Sparked - Discover Your Unique Imprint For Work That Makes You Come Alive. Sparketypes. Good Life Project. How to Live A Good Life. Uncertainty. Follow Jonathan on LinkedIn. Follow Jonathan on Instagram. Follow Jonathan on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
9/26/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 22 seconds
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SPOS #793 - Ben Mezrich On GameStop, Facebook And Other Crazy Stories

Welcome to episode #793 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #793 - Host: Mitch Joel. With a writing career spanning close to two decades, Ben Mezrich has authored over twenty books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House - The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages, and was adapted into the #1 box office movie, 21. His book, The Accidental Billionaires - The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal was adapted into the movie, The Social Network, and was #1 at the box office, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning three including Best Adapted Screenplay. Ben is the only non-fiction author to have two number one box office movie adaptations, which has earned him the title of Sexiest Author on People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive List. Ben also co-writes a middle grade fiction series, Charlie Numbers, with his wife Tonya. Ben also recently joined the writers room for the hit TV show, Billions. Ben's latest book is, The Antisocial Network - The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to Its Knees. In short, Ben loves chasing the craziest stories that are rocking the headlines. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:56. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ben Mezrich. The Antisocial Network - The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to Its Knees. Bringing Down the House - The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. The Accidental Billionaires - The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. Ben’s other books. Follow Ben on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
9/19/202158 minutes, 57 seconds
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SPOS #792 - Juliet Funt On Beating Busyness

Welcome to episode #792 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #792 - Host: Mitch Joel. She's known as a "tough-love" advisor to Fortune 500 companies. Juliet Funt is a keynote speaker and Founder of the efficiency training firm, Juliet Funt Group. Juliet is also the author of the newly-published book, A Minute to Think - Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, And Do Your Best Work. She is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork, and she has brought her powerful concepts to brands like Spotify, National Geographic, Vans, Sephora, and beyond. According to Juliet: "The global workforce today is so fried that it belongs in a food booth of a county fair. We’re relentlessly behind the curve, dousing fires everywhere, and our 3 a.m. insomnia provides the only unscheduled thinking time of the day." This pandemic hasn't helped. Want to rethink your productivity and workflow? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 50:50. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Juliet Funt. A Minute to Think - Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, And Do Your Best Work. Juliet Funt Group. Follow Juliet on LinkedIn. Follow Juliet on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
9/12/202150 minutes, 51 seconds
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SPOS #791 - Jim Lecinski On Artificial Intelligence In Marketing

Welcome to episode #791 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #791 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the first big companies that I spoke for was Google. It was in the early 2000s. The sales team was small, but growing. Google had just acquired YouTube, and they were holding a summit at their original Silicon Valley campus to engage retailers with Google ads. One of the people who became a personal champion for my work at Google was Jim Lecinski (along with people like John McAteer, Chris O’Neill, Avinash Kaushik, and several others). Jim has spent close to 30 years in the marketing industry, including notably twelve years at Google, where he was Vice President of Customer Solutions for the Americas. He's also previously held leadership roles at major advertising agencies. Currently, he's a marketing educator and advisor. His focus areas are marketing strategy, brand strategy, digital transformation and the application of AI to marketing. Jim is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management where he teaches Marketing Strategy and Omni-Channel Marketing Distribution Strategy in the MBA program. If you ever heard of Google's famed ZMOT (Zero Moment of Truth in 2011), that was Jim. Now he's back with a new book (along with co-author, Raj Venkatesan) titled, The AI Marketing Canvas - A Five Stage Roadmap to Implementing Artificial Intelligence in Marketing. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jim Lecinski. The AI Marketing Canvas - A Five Stage Roadmap to Implementing Artificial Intelligence in Marketing. Raj Venkatesan. Follow Jim on LinkedIn. Follow Jim on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
9/5/202156 minutes, 11 seconds
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SPOS #790 - Dave McKeown On The Self-Evolved Leader

Welcome to episode #790 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #790 - Host: Mitch Joel. He works with leadership teams to help them set and achieve their strategic growth goals with ease. Dave McKeown is the Founder of Outfield Leadership, author of The Self-Evolved Leader and a keynote speaker, leadership trainer and growth advisor. He also has a podcast called, Lead Like you Give a Damn and writes a column for Inc.. Dave grew up in Belfast and after circumnavigating the globe a couple of times, he traded in the rain for the sunshine of Southern California. If you're looking to design a compelling strategic plan, build, empower and deepen your team, how to think more strategically, and deliver lasting results, then this podcast is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:04. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dave McKeown. The Self-Evolved Leader. Outfield Leadership. Lead Like you Give a Damn. Follow Dave on LinkedIn. Follow Dave on Instagram. Follow Dave on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
8/29/202152 minutes, 5 seconds
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SPOS #788 - Ron Friedman On Decoding Greatness

Welcome to episode #788 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #788 - Host: Mitch Joel. What are your silver linings from this pandemic? I've had a few (and I know my level of privilege to even be this lucky). One silver lining was taking part in a mastermind (or a virtual meet-up) with just a handful of people that, mostly, took place on an app called, Marco Polo. One of the people in the group was Ron Friedman. I knew his name. I knew him as the author of, The Best Place To Work, but we had never met. Over the course of a few months, we not only got to know each, but become friends. A true silver lining. Ron is an award-winning psychologist who has served on the faculty of many prestigious colleges and has consulted political leaders, nonprofits and global brands. Accounts of his research have appeared in many of the famed outlets like NPR, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, and many more. Ron is the founder of ignite80, a learning and development company that is focused at the intersections of neuroscience, human physiology, and behavioral economics. His latest book is title, Decoding Greatness - How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:52. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ron Friedman. Decoding Greatness - How the Best in the World Reverse Engineer Success. The Best Place To Work. ignite80. Follow Ron on LinkedIn. Follow Ron on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
8/15/20211 hour, 53 seconds
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SPOS #787 - Tamsen Webster On Making Ideas Irresistible

Welcome to episode #787 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #787 - Host: Mitch Joel. It feels like I have known Tamsen Webster since before she became the "Tamsen Webster" that the world has come to know. Tamsen has spent the last twenty years helping experts drive action from their ideas. Part message strategist, part storyteller, part English-to-English translator, her work focuses on how to find and build the stories partners, investors, clients, and customers will tell themselves—and others. She’s a professional advisor at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Labs. She’s also served for over eight years as executive producer and idea strategist for one of the oldest locally organized TED events in the world (TEDxCambridge). Her new (and first!) book is called, Find Your Red Thread - Make Your Big Ideas Irresistible. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tamsen Webster. Find Your Red Thread - Make Your Big Ideas Irresistible. Sign up for Tamsen’s newsletter right here. Follow Tamsen on LinkedIn. Follow Tamsen on YouTube. Follow Tamsen on Instagram. Follow Tamsen on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
8/8/20211 hour, 36 seconds
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SPOS #786 - Clint Pulver On Nurturing A Great Organization

Welcome to episode #786 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #786 - Host: Mitch Joel. My friend, Clint Pulver, is a keynote speaker, author, musician, pilot, and he cares deeply about the workforce. His sweet spot is employee retention. Why do people love their work and the company that they work for? More importantly, what turns them off (and how can your business fix that)? Clint has spent many years helping companies through his work and research as the Undercover Millennial. He has been featured in countless publications and, as a professional drummer, he has appeared in feature films and on America’s Got Talent. In 2020, Clint won an Emmy Award for his short film, Be a Mr. Jensen, which tells the story of how a single moment in time - and one particular mentor - can change the course of someone's life. More recently, he published the book, I Love It Here - How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want To Leave. In his book is research and the unscripted truths of the 10,000+ employees he has interviewed as the Undercover Millennial – which unveils the reasons for their lasting loyalty – and what triggers them to head for the exit door. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:24. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Clint Pulver. I Love It Here - How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want To Leave. Be a Mr. Jensen. Follow Clint on Instagram. Follow Clint on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
8/1/202153 minutes, 24 seconds
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SPOS #785 - Margot Bloomstein On Trust And Beating Consumer Cynicism

Welcome to episode #785 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #785 - Host: Mitch Joel. Margot Bloomstein spends her time in the content strategy industry. She's the author of Content Strategy at Work and the principal of Appropriate, Inc., a brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston. For more than twenty years, she has led workshops, keynoted conferences, and advised marketing teams around the world. She developed the popular message architecture-driven approach to content strategy and created BrandSort, a tool embraced by consultancies to help their clients clarify their communication goals. More recently, she published the excellent (and timely) book, Trustworthy - How the Smartest Brands Beat Cynicism and Bridge the Trust Gap. In an actionable framework focused on voice, volume, and vulnerability, her new book is about how to employ concrete tactics to help your business regain trust, respect, and customer loyalty. More importantly, how can you lead your organization and audience from cynicism toward something far more productive: hope. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:27. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Margot Bloomstein. Trustworthy - How the Smartest Brands Beat Cynicism and Bridge the Trust Gap. Content Strategy at Work. BrandSort. Appropriate, Inc.. Follow Margot on LinkedIn. Follow Margot on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
7/25/202153 minutes, 27 seconds
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SPOS #784 - Joe Pulizzi On Being A Content Entrepreneur - Live From Clubhouse

Welcome to episode #784 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #784 - Host: Mitch Joel. When it comes to content marketing, social media and personal brands, you will meet some of the sketchiest people. Lots of talk with little protein. Joe Pulizzi is the real deal, and since his first Content Marketing World back in 2010, I count him as both a good friend and one of the kindest, smartest minds in the business. Joe has founded four companies including his latest content creation news site, The Tilt, and the Content Marketing Institute. In 2014, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Content Council. His podcast series, This Old Marketing with Robert Rose, has millions of downloads. His charitable foundation, The Orange Effect, delivers speech therapy and technology services to children in over 35 states. Joe is also a bestselling writer. He is the author of Content Inc. (which was recently completely updated and expanded into a second edition), Killing Marketing, Epic Content Marketing and more. His novel, The Will To Die, was awarded "Best Suspense Book" of 2020 by the National Indie Excellence Awards. What does the creator economy mean for you? What is a content entrepreneur? We recorded our chat live on Clubhouse, and now it’s here for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:44. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Joe Pulizzi. Content Inc. Epic Content Marketing. Killing Marketing. The Tilt. This Old Marketing. The Orange Effect. Content Marketing Institute. Content Marketing World. Follow Joe on LinkedIn. Follow Joe on Facebook. Follow Joe on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.        
7/18/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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SPOS #783 - Leslie Ehm On Swagger (And Why You Need Some)

Welcome to episode #783 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #783 - Host: Mitch Joel. We call each other "Cuzzz!" (Mostly because we are cousins... way off in the distance and through marriage, so it's our little bit). With that, I've known Leslie Ehm for a long time. She is a former TV host and advertising Creative Director turned training guru that has spent decades traveling the globe with her company Combustion - working with executives and teams. She's turned technologists into creative forces and bankers into storytellers. Leslie now considers herself a Swagger Coach, speaker, and author of her first book, Swagger – Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want. What is swagger? Do you need more swagger in your life? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:37. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Leslie Ehm/ Swagger - Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want. Combustion. Follow Leslie on Instagram. Follow Leslie on LinkedIn. Follow Leslie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/11/202154 minutes, 38 seconds
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SPOS #782 - Jason Falls On Generation Influencer

Welcome to episode #782 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #782 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the first "digital" buddies I made through the power of blogging and podcasting going back to 2005(ish) was Jason Falls. Always at the forefront of all things digital, Jason is a digital strategist, author, speaker and thinker in the digital and social media marketing industry. He is an innovator in the conversation research segment of social analytics, having published the first-ever Conversation Report in 2012. He is the author of three books: No Bullshit Social Media - The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing (co-authored with Erik Deckers), The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing (co-authored with DJ Waldow) and his latest, Winfluence - Reframing Influencer Marketing to Ignite Your Brand. The business of influencers and influencer marketing can be both confusing and sketchy. Jason's here to help you find the quality and the ethics. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:03. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jason Falls. Winfluence - Reframing Influencer Marketing to Ignite Your Brand. The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing. No Bullshit Social Media - The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing. Follow Jason on LinkedIn. Follow Jason on Twitter. Follow Jason on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
7/4/202159 minutes, 4 seconds
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SPOS #781 - Tendayi Viki On Being The Innovator

Welcome to episode #781 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #781 - Host: Mitch Joel. When it comes to innovation, the thinking (and work) of Tendayi Viki is unparalleled. He is also an author and innovation consultant. Currently, he is an Associate Partner at Strategyzer (home of Alex Osterwalder), where he helps large organizations innovate for the future while managing their core business. Tendayi co-designed Pearson’s Product Lifecycle which is an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York. He has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award and was named on the Thinkers50 2018 Radar List for emerging management thinkers to watch. Tendayi has written three books based on his research and consulting experience, Pirates In The Navy (his latest), The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tendayi Viki. Pirates In The Navy. The Corporate Startup. The Lean Product Lifecycle. Strategyzer. Follow Tendayi on LinkedIn. Follow Tendayi on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
6/27/202159 minutes, 11 seconds
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SPOS #780 - Doug Stephens On Resurrecting Retail

Welcome to episode #780 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #780 - Host: Mitch Joel. Prior to founding Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens spent over 20 years in the retail industry. He is the author of two groundbreaking books, The Retail Revival - Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism and Reengineering Retail - The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World. Doug is passionate about retail and what the future of shopping should be (just like me). He is a keynote speaker, writer and general thinker about all things retail and shopping. His new book is called, Resurrecting Retail - The Future of Business in a Post-Pandemic World. This book was researched in real time from inside the crisis, and provides a comprehensive and surprising vision of how it will reshape every aspect of consumer life, including the very essence of why we shop. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:02:34. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Doug Stephens. Resurrecting Retail - The Future of Business in a Post-Pandemic World. The Retail Revival - Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism. Reengineering Retail - The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World. Retail Prophet. Follow Doug on Instagram. Follow Doug on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
6/20/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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SPOS #779 - Bret Kinsella On The State of Smart Audio, Clubhouse, Podcasting And Beyond

Welcome to episode #779 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #779 - Host: Mitch Joel. You never know who you are going to meet and become friends with online. Going back to the early days of Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Siri and beyond, the idea of apps (or skills, as they are called) for these interactive audio platforms has always interested me (so much so, that I was an investor in a voice skills company, and became interested in running it for a short period of time). At the forefront of this space (and other audio platforms and technologies) is Bret Kinsella. Bret is founder, CEO, and research director of Voicebot.ai. He was named commentator of the year by the Alexa Conference in 2019 and is widely cited in media and academic research as an authority on voice assistants and AI. He is also the host of the Voicebot Podcast and editor of the Voice Insider newsletter. I reached out to him several times back when I was investing in the space, but he was too busy to connect. Then, through the power of Clubhouse, we met and became fast friends. Our world continues to evolve. Smart audio, podcasting, bots, and more are becoming a powerful tool for businesses smart enough to understand the potential, opportunity and inevitability of it all. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Bret Kinsella. Voicebot.ai. Voicebot Podcast. Voice Insider newsletter. Follow Bret on LinkedIn. Follow Bret on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/13/202159 minutes, 12 seconds
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SPOS #778 - Erica Dhawan On Digital Body Language

Welcome to episode #778 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #778 - Host: Mitch Joel. Lost in translation. I fear there is no better phrase to explain what has happened to our ability to better communicate since the pandemic took hold. Zoom meetings, using emojis, and cultural shifts have turned an already complex world of communications into one that is ever-more complex (it’s amazing how badly a message can now be received simply because the speaker’s lighting is off). Thankfully, management thinkers like Erica Dhawan are around. Even better, she's tackled this topic in her latest book, Digital Body Language - How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. Whether it's emails, being ghosted, or trying to understand if that "lol" is really a laugh or sarcasm, Erica has decoded most of this for the rest of us. Erica also wrote, Get Big Things Done - The Power of Connectional Intelligence, back in 2015. Erica is a leadership expert and keynote speaker that helps organizations and leaders innovate faster and further, together. She is the founder of Cotential - a company that has helped leaders and teams leverage twenty-first-century collaboration skills globally. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Erica Dhawan. Digital Body Language - How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance/ Get Big Things Done - The Power of Connectional Intelligence,. Follow Erica on LinkedIn. Follow Erica on Twitter. Follow Erica on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
6/6/202156 minutes, 40 seconds
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SPOS #777 - Suneel Gupta On Being Backable

Welcome to episode #777 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #777 - Host: Mitch Joel. He is a teacher of innovation at Harvard University, is the founder of RISE, and the author of the new book, Backable – exploring how to get people to believe in your ideas. The book is rooted in Suneel Gupta’s journey from first-time entrepreneur to being named, “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. Suneel’s ideas have been backed by firms like Greylock and Google Ventures, and he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence inside Kleiner Perkins. He has personally backed startups including Impossible Foods, Airbnb, 23&Me, Calm, and SpaceX. In 2018, Suneel ran for election to the U.S. House to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. An expert at accelerating growth and innovation, in less than two years, Suneel helped grow Groupon from a tiny startup into a multi-billion-dollar company. Prior to serving as Groupon’s first vice president of product, he built products for Mozilla as their director of product development. Suneel is also a lawyer and filmmaker. He started his career in the Clinton White House where he served as a speechwriter. A few years later, he was asked to co-author the national platform for the Democratic Party. Suneel has always moved quickly. In less than six years total, he earned a BS from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. He also is the co-founder at Gross National Happiness Center of America in partnership with the Kingdom of Bhutan. What does it take to become bankable? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:29. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Suneel Gupta. Backable – exploring how to get people to believe in your ideas. Follow Suneel on LinkedIn. Follow Suneel on Twitter. Follow Suneel on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
5/30/202149 minutes, 30 seconds
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SPOS #776 - Jonas Altman On Reinventing The Way You Work

Welcome to episode #776 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #776 - Host: Mitch Joel. His latest book, Shapers - Reinvent The Way You Work And Change The Future, really intrigued me. Jonas Altman is an experienced design strategist and entrepreneur. He is the Managing Partner at Social Fabric, a marketing consultancy, that helps organizations launch new ventures and adopt better ways of communicating. With over twenty years of working in the creative sector, Jonas also launched one of the first accelerator programs in London (dedicated exclusively to the lifestyle industries and has enabled many early stage businesses to secure investment and grow). He is also an advisor to startups, speaker and writer. He's also the co-author of, The Little Booklet on Business Design. So, how do we design the future of our work? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:27. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jonas Altman. Shapers - Reinvent The Way You Work And Change The Future. Social Fabric. The Little Booklet on Business Design. Follow Jonas on Instagram. Follow Jonas on LinkedIn. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.    
5/23/202153 minutes, 28 seconds
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SPOS #775 - George Dyson On Nature, Human Beings And Machines

Welcome to episode #775 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #775 - Host: Mitch Joel. Here is one of the more fascinating humans that you can connect with. George Dyson fancies himself as someone who makes boats, but he is also a technologist, historian, and one of the true polymaths in our world today. Dyson is the son of the theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson and mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson, the brother of technology analyst Esther Dyson, and the grandson of the British composer Sir George Dyson. Dyson's early life is described in Kenneth Brower's book The Starship and the Canoe. When he was sixteen he went to live in British Columbia to pursue his interest in kayaking. From 1972 to 1975, he lived in a treehouse that he built from salvaged materials on the shore of Burrard Inlet. Dyson became a Canadian citizen and spent 20 years in British Columbia, designing kayaks, researching historic voyages and native peoples, and exploring the Inside Passage. He nows lives in Washington state where he makes kayaks and writes about history, science and technology. His books are Baidarka, Project Orion, Turing's Cathedral, and his latest: Analogia - The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:12. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with George Dyson. Analogia - The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines. Turing's Cathedral. Project Orion. Baidarka. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/16/202155 minutes, 12 seconds
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SPOS #774 - Nancy Giordano On Leadering

Welcome to episode #774 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #774 - Host: Mitch Joel. First off, Happy Mother's Day! This week's guest and I do similar work. Maybe that's what attracted me to this conversation? Nancy Giordano built her career in the marketing agency business at several companies in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. For more than a decade, she has been the Founder of Play Big Inc. (a strategic inspiration company). Her current work dives deeply into the emerging intersection of tech, business and society. More recently, she has helped build the team for an artificial intelligence start-up, produced a conference on the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise, is a board member for a non-profit trade organization focused on the future of retail, and is working with a leading fintech/martech provider to ensure the survival of community banks and credit unions nationwide. Nancy is committed to advancing societal structures and new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way… and ensure a safe and thriving future for us all. This culminates in her latest book, Leadering - The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:02. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Nancy Giordano. Leadering - The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger.. Play Big Inc.. Follow Nancy on LinkedIn. Follow Nancy on Instagram. Follow Nancy on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/9/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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SPOS #773 - Minter Dial Wants You To Lead

Welcome to episode #773 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #773 - Host: Mitch Joel. After a long and successful career at L’Oréal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots to become an author, consultant and speaker. Minter has spent over a decade helping senior management teams and boards to adapt to the new exigencies of the digitally enhanced marketplace. Minter’s focus is on brand strategies, technology integration and digital tools. He is the author of five books, producer of one award-winning documentary film, as well as numerous white papers, eBooks and contributions to countless media outlets. Minter’s newest book is You Lead - How Being Yourself Makes You A Better Leader. In 2016, Minter wrote and produced the award-winning book and documentary, The Last Ring Home. It’s a moving personal story that returns our focus on the important values of love, courage and honor. The film has won ten prizes. Minter is a true renaissance man with a penchant for making business better. Now, we discuss how to stand for something, radiate your purpose, and lead by example. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 54:55. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Minter Dial. You Lead - How Being Yourself Makes You A Better Leader. The Last Ring Home. Follow Minter on LinkedIn. Follow Minter on Instagram. Follow Minter on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/2/202154 minutes, 55 seconds
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SPOS #772 - Luvvie Ajayi Jones On Being A Professional Troublemaker

Welcome to episode #772 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #772 - Host: Mitch Joel. I was really excited about the opportunity to spend some time with Luvvie Ajayi Jones. She is an author, podcast host, speaker, and someone who has been blogging just a little bit longer than me (there are not many of us left). Luvvie thrives at the intersection of comedy, media, and justice. Her debut book, I'm Judging You - The Do-Better Manual, was released to critical acclaim, and her new book, Professional Troublemaker - The Fear-Fighter Manual is another bestseller. It's hard to fathom, but Luvvie has been blogging for 18 years and covers all things culture with a critical yet humorous lens. That same razor-sharp voice spurred her wildly popular TED Talk, Get Comfortable with being uncomfortable, to almost six million views. Luvvie also connects with her audience through her social network, LuvvNation, where she is the go-to source for elevated conversations about all things buzzworthy and doing better at life. It serves as a safe space in a dumpster fire world, and has over 15,000 members. She has received numerous accolades including being chosen by Oprah Winfrey as part of her inaugural SuperSoul100 list as someone who “elevates humanity.” She hosts a podcast called, Professional Troublemaker, where she has conversations with incredible people who have committed to living life loudly, with courage and conviction. Enjoy the conversation.... Running time: 52:33. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Luvvie Ajayi Jones. Professional Troublemaker - The Fear-Fighter Manual. I'm Judging You - The Do-Better Manual. LuvvNation. Professional Troublemake. Awesomely Luvvie. Follow Luvvie on Instagram. Follow Luvvie on LinkedIn. Follow Luvvie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/25/202152 minutes, 34 seconds
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SPOS #771 - Martin Lindstrom Wants To End Bureaucracy

Welcome to episode #771 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #771 - Host: Mitch Joel. When I first started getting interested in being a professional marketer, the work of Martin Lindstrom was always front and center... and for a good reason. Martin Lindstrom one of the world’s leading brand and culture transformation experts. Time Magazine called him one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People.” He's also been on the Thinkers50 list for more than few years. Martin continues to be an in-demand public speaker, and has authored seven bestselling books that have been translated into 60 languages (if you have not checked out Brand Sense, Buy-ology, Small Data, and his latest, The Ministry of Common Sense, you definitely should). Martin is still a marketing expert, but has been expanding his thought leadership into the truism that business needs much more common sense, a lot less bureaucracy, red tape, and corporate mumbo jumbo. His work is both thoughtful and humorous. And, after reading his latest, you will be constantly asking yourself, “what happened to common sense?” Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Martin Lindstrom. The Ministry of Common Sense. Brand Sense. Buy-ology. Small Data. Follow Martin on Linkedin. Follow Martin on Instagram. Follow Martin on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/18/202155 minutes, 46 seconds
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SPOS #770 - Charlene Walters On Launching Your Inner Entrepreneur

Welcome to episode #770 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #770 - Host: Mitch Joel. Women and people of color are underfunded and under-index when it comes to entrepreneurship. There are both systemic and societal reasons for this (none of them are fair or reasonable). This needs to change. Charlene Walters is here to help. Charlene is an entrepreneurship coach, branding mentor, author and speaker. She developed a Digital Entrepreneurship MBA program, serves as a mentor to many, and is constantly fighting hard to get more diverse voices to start their own business. Her new book is titled, Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur - 10 Mindset Shifts for Women to Take Action, Unleash Creativity, and Achieve Financial Success. The truth is that the book’s content is valuable for all of us. According to Charlene, "36% of all small business or franchise owners are women, and there are 13 million female-owned businesses contributing to more than $1.8 trillion in revenue. Now, with a fast-changing economy making traditional employment unsteady, there' s never been a better time for becoming a fempreneur." There's also never been a better time to support fempreneurs, and create a more equitable marketplace for all of us. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:02. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Charlene Walters. Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur - 10 Mindset Shifts for Women to Take Action, Unleash Creativity, and Achieve Financial Success. Follow Charlene on Instagram. Follow Charlene on LinkedIn. Follow Charlene on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #770 - Host: Mitch Joel. Before you go… if you enjoyed this, please subscribe (all new content arrives in your inbox). It’s easy, it’s free and it’s right here.
4/11/202149 minutes, 3 seconds
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SPOS #769 - James Suzman On A Brief History Of Why We Work

Welcome to episode #769 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #769 - Host: Mitch Joel. These past few years have seen many fascinating books in the non-fiction and business book genre. Look no further than the archive of podcasts and conversations that have taken place right here. With that, James Suzman's latest book, Work - A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots, seems to be the one that has me most excited (and the one I tend to recommend when asked). What Yuval Noah Harari did to explain humanity with Sapiens, James has done the same with work. It's a book that still rolls around in my mind like a marble (and it will keep you thinking too). James is an anthropologist who first wrote the book, Affluence Without Abundance - The disappearing world of the Bushmen in 2017. James was the first social anthropologist to work in Namibia's eastern Omaheke among "Southern Ju/'hoansi", where he exposed the brutal marginalisation of San people who had lost their lands to white cattle ranchers and pastoralist Herero people. James has worked tirelessly to help the communities in Namibia. In 2007, Suzman joined De Beers, where, as global head of public affairs, he developed the company's award-winning sustainability functions. In 2013 Suzman and Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales teamed up with Lily Cole to launch Impossible.com at the Cambridge Union. As we all ponder the future of work, let's dig deep into how we work and why we work. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:08. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with James Suzman. Work - A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots. Affluence Without Abundance - The disappearing world of the Bushmen. Follow James on Facebook. Follow James on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/4/20211 hour, 8 seconds
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SPOS #768 - Victoria Labalme On Risking Forward

Welcome to episode #768 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #768 - Host: Mitch Joel. My friend and fellow speaker, Victoria Labalme, is a performing artist, performance coach, documentarian (her film, Muppet Guys Talking, is amazing), and author. She's performed for over two decades in film, TV, Broadway and comedy clubs. From there, she realized that helping people awaken their hidden genius and perform at their highest levels was her jam. Melding her skills gathered from the stage and comedy, she's help many distinguish their brand and find competitive advantage by blending art and business. She is in the Speaker Hall of Fame, creator of the Rock The Room program, and most recently published a small (but powerful) book titled, Risk Forward - Embrace The Unknown And Unlock Your Hidden Genius. In short, if you're not one of the few people in life who know exactly what they want to achieve, then this book is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 50:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Victoria Labalme. Risk Forward - Embrace The Unknown And Unlock Your Hidden Genius. Rock The Room. Muppet Guys Talking. Check out Victoria’s Blog. Follow Victoria on LinkedIn. Follow Victoria on Instagram. Follow Victoria on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/28/202150 minutes, 46 seconds
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SPOS #767 - Tom Peters On Excellence Now - Live From Clubhouse

Welcome to episode #767 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #767 - Host: Mitch Joel. The patron saint of management strategy and business thinking is Tom Peters. Full stop. When I think of Tom Peters, there is only one word that comes to mind: Legend. He is that. He is the "oracle of business" to me, personally (and for many others) when it comes to business, business book writing, public speaking, personal branding, and how to show up. If you want to know how much his work and thinking has impacted my life, you can click back about nine years to when I wrote a very public love letter to him (here it is: Dear Tom Peters). From the moment I first read The Project 50 – close to twenty years ago – to every book, program and article that he’s put out, I have been a fan. To say that I studied his public speaking style and adopted it for my own would not be a lie. A bio for Tom Peters? Where to begin? In 1982 he co-authored the seminal business book, In Search Of Excellence, which has been named one of the top three business books of the century by NPR. For my dollar, he’s changed almost everything I thought I knew about business through a series of books called, The Reinventing Work Series 50 List Books. In 2003, I devoured Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age, and it still sits within arm’s reach on my desk (one of the only books to do so). In 1987 he wrote the article, The Brand Called You, in Fast Company and it – literally – ushered in the era of individuals as brands (so, don’t believe those who think that they created the notion of a personal brand… it was Tom). His list of accolades and awards could fill a book. Now he is back with his (gasp!) last book, Excellence Now - Extreme Humanism. To mix things up, I invited Tom into Clubhouse (for his first time along with Shelley Dolley). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:29:30. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tom Peters. Excellence Now - Extreme Humanism. In Search Of Excellence. The Project 50. Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age. The Brand Called You. Follow Tom on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/21/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 29 seconds
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SPOS #766 - Kevin Kolbe On Great Video And The Creator Economy

Welcome to episode #766 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #766 - Host: Mitch Joel. If you have had to deep dive into presenting via video (who didn't?), odds are that you have heard about Ecamm Live (which is a great software for the Mac that enables anyone to make their livestream, Zoom meeting, virtual presentation really standout). Ecamm has done a phenomenal job of recruiting those in the creator space to be both brand evangelists and help bring these video experts to a much broader audience. That's where I first became captivated by Kevin Kolbe, his livestreams, and his knowledge of what it takes to create compelling video. Kevin sees himself as a video coach and content creator, who has a passion for helping people use video to share their gifts and make an impact in the world. His background is much deeper than his current high profile YouTubing world. He started our as a radio DJ, then went into television and creative direction. As the TV industry changed, Kevin decided to use his experience and passion for creating content to start his own video marketing business. His own video content has really helped me fast-forward my skills through his tips, tutorials, insights and storytelling. Want to amp up your video skills? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:11. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Kevin Kolbe. Kevin’s YouTube channel. Follow Kevin on Instagram. Follow Kevin on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/14/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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SPOS #765 - Kat Cole On The State Of Leadership - Live From Clubhouse

Welcome to episode #765 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #765 - Host: Mitch Joel. Welcome to the our second-ever live podcast recoding from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage these days). This conversation was recorded on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. Our conversation this week is with someone I met many moons back on the speaking circuit, Kat Cole. Kat is a true force of nature. Many know her from her appearance on Undercover Boss, while most in the corporate world know the story of how she went from being a Hooters hostess out high school to becoming one of the executive vice presidents at Hooters of America. This lead her to a spectactular ascent to the role of President at Focus Brands (the holding company of Jamba, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Carvel, Shlotzsky's, and many more), where she recently left. Kat is a seasoned executive and leader with deep expertise building global brands, businesses, and high performing teams. Now, she is focused on a few areas, including being a board member for both corporate and non-profit organizations, an investor and advisor, and someone who is also passionate about creating compelling content to help businesses grow and do better for the world. Kat has her Substack newsletter, Checking In With Kat Cole, and holds regular events and office hours in Clubhouse (where she commands an impressive following of over one million fans). Most recently she has launched, Audio Collective, along with forty other founding members/creators, as an agency to helps brands get more engaged in the Clubhouse community. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:06:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Kat Cole. Checking In With Kat Cole. Audio Collective. Follow Kat on LinkedIn. Follow Kat on Instagram. Follow Kat on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/7/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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SPOS #764 - Ethan Kross On The Power (And Problem) Of Self-Talk

Welcome to episode #764 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #764 - Host: Mitch Joel. Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. A professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he studies how the conversations people have with themselves impact their health, performance, decisions and relationships. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2008, where he founded the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory. Ethan's new book is Chatter - The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It. The book explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his lab with real-world case studies — from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy — Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk — what he calls “chatter” — can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ethan Kross. Chatter - The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It. Follow Ethan on LinkedIn. Follow Ethan on Instagram. Follow Ethan on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/28/202153 minutes, 14 seconds
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SPOS #763 - Jeremiah Owyang On The Future Of Social Audio - Live From Clubhouse

Welcome to episode #763 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #763 - Host: Mitch Joel. Welcome to our first-ever live podcast recording from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage). This conversation was recorded this past Friday (February 19th, 2021). Our conversation this week is with my old friend, Jeremiah Owyang, to discuss the present and future of social audio, Clubhouse, smart audio, podcasting and beyond. Jeremiah is no stranger to this show. He is an industry analyst based in Silicon Valley who helps his clients solve how new technology connects companies to their customers. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving insights through rigorous research. From corporate innovation, autonomous technology or modern wellbeing, he views every aspect of emerging technologies through the lens of growth, opportunity and constantly shifting consumer behaviors and expectations. Forever at the forefront, Jeremiah identifies trends and advises major companies to adapt their business models to better connect with customers. He also publishes numerous research reports, playbooks and frameworks to help businesses navigate change, improve customer experiences and identify trends before they happen. He used to work as an analyst for Forrester Research, co-founded Altimeter Group and many more. Currently, he is the founder at Catalyst Companies and Kaleido Insights. Like me, he is fascinated with this new space known as social audio and published, The Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast. Plus, he works out of an awesome Airstream trailer. Enjoy the live conversation... Running time: 1:06:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jeremiah Owyang. The Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast. Kaleido Insights. Catalyst Companies. Airstream trailer. Clubhouse (I am mitchjoel over there, if you would like to follow me). Follow Jeremiah on Instagram. Follow Jeremiah on LinkedIn. Follow Jeremiah on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/21/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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SPOS #762 - Judy Samuelson On The Six New Rules of Business

Welcome to episode #762 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #762 - Host: Mitch Joel. Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. Judy led a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman's narrative about profit-maximization to successfully challenge conventional thinking in board rooms and classrooms about the purpose of the corporation. She produced the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation to challenge short-termism in business and capital markets, and is promoting a set of principles designed to disrupt the status quo in boardrooms about the design of CEO pay. Judy's career spans working in the California State Legislature, banking in New York's garment center, and directing the Ford Foundation's exploration of impact investing - the Office of Program-Related Investments. Judy writes regularly for Quartz at Work. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and a director of the Financial Health Network. Her new book is called, The Six New Rules of Business - Creating Real Value in a Changing World. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:12. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Judy Samuelson. The Six New Rules of Business - Creating Real Value in a Changing World. Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. Follow Judy on LinkedIn. Follow Judy on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/14/202152 minutes, 13 seconds
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SPOS #761 - Dave Crenshaw On How To Master Productivity

Welcome to episode #761 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #761 - Host: Mitch Joel. There are days when I am not feeling at all productive. I usually think to myself, “WWDCD?" Or... "What Would Dave Crenshaw Do?" That's how much Dave has inspired me, since we both met in a mastermind that was formulated during the early days of the pandemic. What I didn't know, when I first met Dave, is that he is more than an author, speaker, and famed online trainer, but he really does know how to help leaders master their productivity. If you don't believe me, look no further than his courses on LinkedIn Learning. The sheer popularity and volume of his teachings are on display (over 35 different courses!). Dave’s courses on LinkedIn Learning - such as Time Management Fundamentals and Improving Your Focus - are consistently among the most popular in the world, and have received tens of millions of views. He has written five books that have been published in eight languages, the most recent/popular of which is The Myth of Multitasking, which just came out in a second edition. He is the founder and CEO of Invaluable Inc., a coaching and training corporation that promotes productive leadership on both the personal and organizational level. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dave Crenshaw. The Myth of Multitasking. Dave courses on LinkedIn Learning. Follow Dave on LinkedIn. Follow Dave on Instagram. Follow Dave on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/7/202157 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #760 - Anne Janzer On Writing A Book That Makes A Difference

Welcome to episode #760 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #760 - Host: Mitch Joel. I have this weird obsession with books about book writing. I collect them. I search them out. I devour them. With that, you would think that I would have written more than two of them myself (not there yet). One of my favorite books about writing is The Writer's Process by Anne Janzer. The book came out in 2016. A few years back, I started a private Facebook group for business and non-fiction book authors. Writing and coming up with ideas to write is a solitary (for most) experience, so it's an amazingly powerful space for fellow business and non-fiction book authors to congregate. That's where I first "met" Anne. She's authored other books: The Workplace Writer's Process, Writing To Be Understood, Subscription Marketing, and her latest, Get The Word Out - Write A Book That Makes A Difference. Who should write a book? How do you market a book? If you've ever thought about writing a book or how books can be a great way to tell your story, this show is for you. Anne is a fellow writing geek and non-fiction author cheerleader. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:04. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at Apple Podcasts. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Anne Janzer. Get The Word Out - Write A Book That Makes A Difference. The Writer's Process. The Workplace Writer's Process. Writing To Be Understood. Subscription Marketing. Follow Anne on LinkedIn. Follow Anne on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/31/20211 hour, 5 seconds
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SPOS #759 - Scott Devine On Building A Thriving Online Business (No Gimmicks)

Welcome to episode #759 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #759 - Host: Mitch Joel. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is this: the brands that are either purely digital or the ones with a strong digital component felt much less pain. Look no further than the value of a company like Amazon or the incredible rise of Shopify. Watching so many entrepreneurs turn their small businesses into something more “digital" is a sight to behold. Scott Devine and his business, Scott's Bass Lessons, is a great case study. We're about to hear my many worlds collide in this episode, so I hope that you will stick with it and enjoy the ride. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Scott’s Bass Lessons. I love the way Scott Devine plays the bass, teaches the bass, and his mini-documentaries and interviews. He’s inspiring. It turns out that I am not alone. But that’s just one small part of what makes Scott unique. He’s best known for his online bass school, Scott’s Bass Lessons. SBL (for short) isn’t just the biggest online school for bassists, it’s the biggest online school for any instrument (put aside institutions that teach multiple instruments). Scott prefers to call it the “Netflix for bass players.” And in the last decade, he’s built the company into an operation with nearly 25,000 students/customers. What moved him from gigging to teaching? How does he keep his students so engaged online? Scott is a real triple-threat when it comes to music (he can play, teach, and market his business). I’ve been a fan since of his since I first started watching his videos, and his journey is a fascinating one that has led to millions of views and millions of fans and followers and a growing business. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 1:02:19. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Scott Devine. Scott’s Bass Lessons. His YouTube channel: Scott’s Bass Lessons. Follow Scott on Facebook. Follow Scott on Instagram. Follow Scott on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/24/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 20 seconds
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SPOS #758 - Lisa McLeod On Selling With Noble Purpose

Welcome to episode #758 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #758 - Host: Mitch Joel. She has an incredible work ethic. That was one (of the many) takeaway from this episode. Lisa McLeod is a strategy consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker who has worked with some of the coolest companies on the planet. Lisa is the author of five books, including the global bestseller, Selling With Noble Purpose - How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud, which she just updated and released recently. She wrote the book because her research revealed that salespeople with a purpose bigger than money, who truly want to make a difference to their customers, outsell salespeople focused on targets and quotas. Her other books include, Leading with Noble Purpose and The Triangle of Truth. If that were not enough she is one of LinkedIn Learning's most popular instructors, delivering over 25 courses, including Selling with Authenticity and Finding Your Purpose at Work. Prior to all of this excitement, Lisa was a sales leader at Procter & Gamble, and later at Vital Learning as VP of Sales, where their team doubled new business growth and increased recurring revenue by 50%. In addition to her business books, she also authored a collection of humor essays that was featured on Oprah.com, and her first book, Forget Perfect, was the subject of a segment on Good Morning America. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:28. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Lisa McLeod. Selling With Noble Purpose - How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud. Leading with Noble Purpose. The Triangle of Truth. Forget Perfect LinkedIn Learning. Follow Lisa on LinkedIn. Follow Lisa on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/17/202149 minutes, 29 seconds
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SPOS #757 - Erich Joachimsthaler on New Ways To Create Real Value In Business Today

Welcome to episode #757 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #757 - Host: Mitch Joel. Erich Joachimsthaler, is a rare combination of consultant, author, entrepreneur, academic, and researcher who sheds light on massive branding, marketing, and digital transformations. A man after my own heart. He has authored several books and hundreds of articles. He is both the founder & CEO of Vivaldi and a visiting professor and lecturer at several universities around the world. His latest book, The Interaction Field, decodes the emergence of a new business model of the same name. Erich predicts that successful companies will shift from transactional business models to an interactional model. This new model goes further than solely extracting value for the benefit of investors or shareholders, it creates value for all participants engaged in the Interaction Field, as well as society at large. Prior to writing The Interaction Field, Erich also authored Brand Leadership and Hidden In Plain Sight. Enjoy the conversation... Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:33. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Erich Joachimsthaler. The Interaction Field. Brand Leadership. Hidden In Plain Sight. Vivaldi. Follow Erich on LinkedIn. Follow Erich on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/10/202155 minutes, 34 seconds
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SPOS #756 - Reeves Wiedeman on The Rise (And Fall) of WeWork

Welcome to episode #756 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #756 - Host: Mitch Joel. The past is something that we easily forget. Before the pandemic, many looked at the disastrous rise and fall of WeWork. So much so, that journalist, Reeves Wiedeman, decided to use the WeWork story as the topic for his debut book, Billion Dollar Loser - The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and We Work. It’s a pulsating and page-turning book (much like the incredible book written about Theranos - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou). Now, many are left wondering if WeWork will have a very unique (and critical) roll in what the future of work might look like? Can WeWork erase its past? Will it always be remembered as a disaster? Or, has the pandemic given them a runway that could turn this story around? Either way, the story of WeWork is simply jaw-dropping. The amount of money invested in the business, the players behind the scenes, the desire for power, and so much more. Reeves is a Contributing Editor at New York magazine. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's, and other publications. Billion Dollar Loser is his first book. Enjoy the conversation... Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:59. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Reeves Wiedeman. Billion Dollar Loser - The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and We Work. Follow Reeves on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/3/202154 minutes
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SPOS #755 - Julie Zhou On Becoming A Manager

Welcome to episode #755 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #755 - Host: Mitch Joel. Some managers work their way into the position after years of working for other leaders. Many managers, these days, are thrust into the position. That was Julie Zhou. Julie loves learning about people. As one of Silicon Valley's top product design executives, she leads the teams behind some of the most popular web and mobile services used by billions of people around the world. Julie writes about technology, great user experiences, and leadership on her popular blog, The Year of the Looking Glass, as well as publications like the New York Times and Fast Company. She lives with her husband and three children in Silicon Valley. She was the first intern at Facebook, became a manager there at 25, and left recently after ascending to the position of Vice President of Product & Design. She was there for close to fifteen years. She published her first book, The Making of a Manager - What to Do When Everyone Looks to You, as a way to help new managers figure out their role, and how to help others. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:17. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Julie Zhou. The Making of a Manager - What to Do When Everyone Looks to You. The Year of the Looking Glass. Follow Julie on Twitter. Follow Julie on Substack. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/27/20201 hour, 18 seconds
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SPOS #754 - Todd Henry On Motivation And Drive

Welcome to episode #754 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #754 - Host: Mitch Joel. There is no doubt that when it comes to writing business books on the creative process and how it flows in business today, Todd Henry is the gold standard. He bills himself as “an arms dealer for the creative revolution,” and that’s just one of his creative ways to describe what he really does. With his latest book, The Motivation Code - Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work, Todd has teamed up with three other co-authors, dug deep into the research, and is presenting a new perspective on what it takes to really get things done (there's an assessment and more, as well). His first book, The Accidental Creative (also the name of his incredible podcast) was followed by Die Empty (one of the best business book titles ever!), then came, Louder Than Words, which was followed by Herding Tigers. Todd sees The Motivation Code as a shift in direction and his focus. So, if you're curious to learn more about what drives... and what drives everyone around you, you do not want to miss this. Enjoy the conversation…   Running time: 53:07. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Todd Henry. The Accidental Creative Podcast. The Motivation Code - Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work. The Accidental Creative Die Empty. Louder Than Words. Herding Tigers. Follow Todd on Instagram. Follow Todd on LinkedIn. Follow Todd on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/20/202053 minutes, 7 seconds
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SPOS #753 - Dr. Stefanie Johnson On Uniqueness, Inclusivity And Innovation

Welcome to episode #753 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #753 - Host: Mitch Joel. Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an author, professor, and speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity. She is focused on how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders, and strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. If I've learned anything in the past little while, it's that unconscious bias affects all of us. Her recently-published book, Inclusify - Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams, shares the surprising ways the leaders undermine inclusion and provides actionable ways that leaders can pivot to build more inclusive teams. Stefanie is a member of the MG 100 Coaches and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, comprising 30 international management scholars whose work will shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She works with the best companies in the world to create more inclusive leaders. She has extensive consulting experience and has created and delivered leadership development training with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business focused on leadership and inclusion. She is a fellow in the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists and the American Psychological Society. She is also passionate about disseminating her work more broadly and has taught two LinkedIn Learning courses on how to increase diversity and inclusion in corporations. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:34. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson. Inclusify - Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams. Leeds School of Business. Stefanie’s LinkedIn Learning courses. Follow Stefanie on Instagram. Follow Stefanie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/13/20200
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SPOS #753 - Dr. Stefanie Johnson On Uniqueness, Inclusivity And Innovation

Welcome to episode #753 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #753 - Host: Mitch Joel. Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an author, professor, and speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity. She is focused on how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders, and strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. If I've learned anything in the past little while, it's that unconscious bias affects all of us. Her recently-published book, Inclusify - Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams, shares the surprising ways the leaders undermine inclusion and provides actionable ways that leaders can pivot to build more inclusive teams. Stefanie is a member of the MG 100 Coaches and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, comprising 30 international management scholars whose work will shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She works with the best companies in the world to create more inclusive leaders. She has extensive consulting experience and has created and delivered leadership development training with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business focused on leadership and inclusion. She is a fellow in the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists and the American Psychological Society. She is also passionate about disseminating her work more broadly and has taught two LinkedIn Learning courses on how to increase diversity and inclusion in corporations. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:34. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson. Inclusify - Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams. Leeds School of Business. Stefanie’s LinkedIn Learning courses. Follow Stefanie on Instagram. Follow Stefanie on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/13/202052 minutes, 35 seconds
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SPOS #752 - Jeffrey Gitomer On Sales (Now More Than Ever)

Welcome to episode #752 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #752 - Host: Mitch Joel. First, a mea culpa: I had to record the audio for this episode over Zoom. There was a glitch with my usual software (it kept crashing), so I am hopeful that you will stick with this content, because it’s important… and it matters. Who wrote the book on sales? Jeffrey Gitomer wrote the book on sales. Whether it’s The Sales Bible or The Little Red Book Of Selling, there are few who have transformed the profession of sales like Jeffrey has. Over the years, he’s become a mentor and a friend. While being locked up, we decided to jam on the state of sales and much, much more. Jeffrey isn’t shy. When your title includes the word “king," you’d better be the global leader at what you do. No throne necessary: With just a briefcase, a MacBook Pro, a prospective customer, and a well-prepared presentation, Jeffrey has earned the crown as the King of Sales. Couple that with 40 years of hand-to-hand, face-to-face, tweet-to-tweet experience, and you have the criteria of what it takes to be called "the king.” His books include: Get Sh*t Done, Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Manifesto, 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling, and his massive “Little Book” series that includes topics like happiness, success, trust, networking, leadership, and more. His latest book is Go Live - Turn Virtual Connections Into Paying Customers. There’s just so much more to his universe (courses, training, podcasts, and more). Looking for motivation? Looking to grow your customer base? Look no further. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:34. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jeffrey Gitomer. Go Live - Turn Virtual Connections Into Paying Customers. The Sales Bible. The Little Red Book Of Selling. Get Sh*t Done. Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Manifesto. 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling. Sell or Die Podcast. Follow Jeffrey on YouTube. Follow Jeffrey on Instagram. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/6/202055 minutes, 34 seconds
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SPOS #751 - Dan Pontefract On Becoming A Leader Who Matters

Welcome to episode #751 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #751 - Host: Mitch Joel. I have been a fan of Dan Pontefract for many years. We first met when he was working at the national Canadian telecommunications and media company, TELUS, as their Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer. Dan has always been more than that. Now, he's a leadership strategist, keynote speaker, and bestselling author. His books are: Open To Think, The Purpose Effect, Flat Army, and his latest: Lead. Care. Win. Dan's work is focused on making leaders better, and with that it's a mission to change the world of work. His latest thinking will help you become a more caring and engaging leader, one that will fully (and completely) understand the critical importance of crafting meaningful, respectful relationships among all your stakeholders. The bottom line is that when you care enough to champion others, the workplace becomes happily infectious and the organization benefits in more ways than one. It's time to care (now, more than ever). Full potential is possible. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dan Pontefract. Lead. Care. Win. Open To Think. The Purpose Effect. Flat Army. Dan’s online courses. Follow Dan on Instagram. Follow Dan on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/29/202059 minutes, 21 seconds
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SPOS #750 - Margaret Heffernan On How To Map The Future Together

Welcome to episode #750 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #750 - Host: Mitch Joel. With a book titled, Uncharted - How to Map the Future Together, you would think that Dr. Margaret Heffernan is a futurist as well. Margaret produced shows for the BBC for over thirteen years. She then moved to the US, where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation. All of this earned her a spot as one of the "Top 100 Media Executives" in The Hollywood Reporter. She is the author of six books. Her third book, Willful Blindness - Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril, was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people, and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure - The Big Impact of Small Changes. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programe and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath. So, how do people and businesses grow, explore and innovate while being undaunted by uncertainty? Listen in. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:52. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dr. Margaret Heffernan. Uncharted - How to Map the Future Together. Willful Blindness - Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril. Beyond Measure - The Big Impact of Small Changes. Margaret’s other books. Margaret’s TED talks. Follow Margaret on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/22/202056 minutes, 53 seconds
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SPOS #749 - Lee LeFever On Building A Lifestyle Business

Welcome to episode #749 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #749 - Host: Mitch Joel. In the early days of blogging and podcasting (2004/2005), I spent a lot of time teaching business professionals about digital marketing and media. One of the more confounding technologies to explain was RSS - the way in which someone would subscribe to a blog/podcast, and how they would be notified when something new was published. RSS stood for Really Simple Syndication, but it was really hard to explain. I came across a video on YouTube that was called, RSS In Plain English, by a company called, Common Craft. They used a whiteboard and paper cutouts to explain RSS, and followed it up with countless other videos. These videos became so popular that their format was then copied by many until it became a genre unto itself. Lee LeFever was the founder (and maker) of those videos. Known as the "explainer video genre," Lee (along with his wife, Sachi) have continued on growing this business. In 2012, he published his first book, The Art of Explanation, and more recently his sophomore effort, Big Enough - Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle. Big Enough will help you chart a different kind of career path. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, business strategy, and e-commerce, this show is perfect for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:07. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Lee LeFever. Big Enough - Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle. The Art of Explanation. Common Craft. RSS In Plain English. Follow Lee on Instagram. Follow Lee on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/15/20201 hour, 8 seconds
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SPOS #748 - Seth Godin On Shipping Your Best Work

Welcome to episode #748 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #748 - Host: Mitch Joel. I'm a reader. I pride myself on reading. Mostly business and non-fiction books. I can work through 1-2 of them per week... that is until Covid 19 hit. I was in a funk with my reading. Just could not get through a book. No matter what I did. No matter how hard I tried. Then, Seth Godin sent me an advance copy of his latest book, The Practice - Shipping Creative Work. I sat down, cracked the spine, and this book grabbed me by the neck and would not let go. I found myself peeling through the pages, taking notes, smiling, thinking, reflecting, and finding my groove back. That's what Seth Godin does to me. Every. Damn. Time. When people ask me who inspires me? His name is always first. When people ask me what books to read? HIs name is always first. When people ask me what blog to read? His name is first. When people ask me about great online courses? His name is first. Seth is the author of twenty books (most of them are massive bestsellers). Beyond his daily blogging prose, he has a great podcast (The Akimbo Podcast) and has been doing a ton of fascinating courses online that include marketing and podcasting workshops and his signature, altMBA. If you're looking for smarts, you need not look any further. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Seth Godin. The Practice - Shipping Creative Work. Seth’s other books.  altMBA. The Marketing Seminar. Udemy Courses. The Akimbo Podcast. Follow Seth on Instagram. Follow Seth on Facebook. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/8/202055 minutes, 46 seconds
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SPOS #747 - Brant Menswar On Discovering The Undiscovered You

Welcome to episode #747 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #747 - Host: Mitch Joel. Another part of this pandemic that can get me down is not meeting my fellow speakers in person. That’s how I first connected and became friends with Brant Menswar. We both share a love of music, the music industry, and then with a slight (or major) zig zag into the speaking business. While I wrote about rock stars, Brant became a rock star. He cut his teeth playing guitar and singing across the United States. Then, due to some personal life incidents, made some bigger changes. Brant also co-hosts (along with Jim Knight) the podcast, Thoughts That Rock, a weekly leadership show that includes a rock star guest and presents two life-changing pieces of advice in 30 minutes. Now, he is an expert in how to cultivate values-based leadership, he more recently published his second book, Black Sheep - Unleash the Extraordinary, Awe-Inspiring, Undiscovered You. You may think that a black sheep is someone who doesn’t fit in. Not in this case. "A black sheep’s wool cannot be dyed. A black sheep is one hundred percent, authentically original. It cannot be influenced, changed or molded into something it isn’t by outside forces." It’s a small book that packs a big (and personal) wallop. Find your own black sheep, find your future… and find success. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:37. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Brant Menswar. Black Sheep - Unleash the Extraordinary, Awe-Inspiring, Undiscovered You. Thoughts That Rock. Follow Brant on Instagram. Follow Brant on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/1/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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SPOS #747 - Brant Menswar On Discovering The Undiscovered You

Welcome to episode #747 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #747 - Host: Mitch Joel. Another part of this pandemic that can get me down is not meeting my fellow speakers in person. That’s how I first connected and became friends with Brant Menswar. We both share a love of music, the music industry, and then with a slight (or major) zig zag into the speaking business. While I wrote about rock stars, Brant became a rock star. He cut his teeth playing guitar and singing across the United States. Then, due to some personal life incidents, made some bigger changes. Brant also co-hosts (along with Jim Knight) the podcast, Thoughts That Rock, a weekly leadership show that includes a rock star guest and presents two life-changing pieces of advice in 30 minutes. Now, he is an expert in how to cultivate values-based leadership, he more recently published his second book, Black Sheep - Unleash the Extraordinary, Awe-Inspiring, Undiscovered You. You may think that a black sheep is someone who doesn’t fit in. Not in this case. "A black sheep’s wool cannot be dyed. A black sheep is one hundred percent, authentically original. It cannot be influenced, changed or molded into something it isn’t by outside forces." It’s a small book that packs a big (and personal) wallop. Find your own black sheep, find your future… and find success. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:04:37. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Brant Menswar. Black Sheep - Unleash the Extraordinary, Awe-Inspiring, Undiscovered You. Thoughts That Rock. Follow Brant on Instagram. Follow Brant on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/1/20200
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SPOS #746 - Olga Khazan On Being Weird

Welcome to episode #746 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #746 - Host: Mitch Joel. Have you ever felt like an outsider? Like you don't belong? Like the things that you like, don't seem to be the things that everybody else likes? Growing up as a Russian immigrant in West Texas, Olga Khazan always felt that there was something different about her. This feeling permeated her life, and as she embarked on a science writing career, she realized there were psychological connections between this feeling of being an outsider and both her struggles and successes later in life. She decided to reach out to other people who were unique in their environments to see if they had experienced similar feelings of alienation, and if so, how they overcame them. This brings us to her new book, Weird - The power of being an outsider in an insider world. Olga is a staff writer for The Atlantic, covering health, gender, and science. Prior to that, she was The Atlantic’s Global editor. She has also written for a myriad of other publications. Weird is her first book. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Olga Khazan/ Weird - The power of being an outsider in an insider world. The Atlantic. Follow Olga on Instagram. Follow Olga on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/25/202049 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPOS #745 - Danny Iny On Teaching Your Gift

Welcome to episode #745 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #745 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the things that I miss most during these Covid times, is my breakfast meetings. Danny Iny is one of the usual suspects that I meet up with. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Danny is a kind-hearted, gentle and generous soul. Many others know Danny as the founder of Mirasse. We first met when he was putting his book, Engagement from Scratch! in 2011. Slowly, over time, we became close friends. Now, many thought leaders and businesses are thinking about virtual meetings and learning (more and more). So many of the smartest people are building and launching online courses. That world has changed from shifty marketing practices to Masterclass. Still, to do it well, you need to spend time with Danny (and his business). Danny helps people build better courses online. Not those shoddy ones… Danny and his team are all about true quality. This is Danny’s passion. He is on a mission to support his very special global community of loyal and inspired entrepreneurs. Danny has also written the books, The Audience Revolution, Teach and Grow Rich, Leveraged Learning, and the recently published, Teach Your Gift. Thinking about building an online course? Starting your own business? How can you business create better services and experiences? Take a listen to this. Enjoy the conversation...  Running time: 56:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Danny Iny. Mirasse. Teach Your Gift. Leveraged Learning. Teach and Grow Rich. The Audience Revolution. Engagement from Scratch! Follow Danny on Instagram. Follow Danny on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/18/202056 minutes, 1 second
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SPOS #744 - Keith Ferrazzi On Leading Without Authority

Welcome to episode #744 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #744 - Host: Mitch Joel. When I first read, Keith Ferrazzi's book, Never Eat Alone, something clicked. In a big way. Since then (putting aside the pandemic, which makes this activity near-impossible), I always book breakfast, lunch (and even coffee) meetings with different kinds of people. It has been one (of many) invaluable life (and work) tools that have simply worked for me. I had the pleasure of meeting Keith, in person, on many occasions over the years, and I consider myself lucky to have that opportunity. Keith Ferrazzi is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader. As Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and its Research Institute, he works to identify behaviors that block global organizations from reaching their goals, and to transform them by coaching new behaviors. Keith has introduced a new concept that he calls "co-elevation." Formerly he was the CMO of Deloitte and Starwood Hotels. Along with Never eat Alone, he also wrote Who's Got Your Back and the recently published, Leading Without Authority. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 48:46. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Keith Ferrazzi. Leading Without Authority. Never Eat Alone. Who's Got Your Back. Ferrazzi Greenlight. Follow Keith on Twitter. Follow Keith on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/11/202048 minutes, 46 seconds
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SPOS #743 - Gary Hamel On Creating Amazing Organizations

Welcome to episode #743 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #743 - Host: Mitch Joel. It's hard to imagine a more recognized business thinker than Gary Hamel. He is, without question, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe, and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years, and is the director of the Management Lab. He has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review, and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent include: The Future of Management and What Matters Now. Gary has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker, and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum. If you've heard of concepts like “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” this is the the language and practice of management that Gary invented. HIs latest book is, Humanocracy - Creating Organizations As Amazing As The People Inside Them (along with co-author, Michele Zanini). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:56. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Gary Hamel. Humanocracy - Creating Organizations As Amazing As The People Inside Them. Harvard Business Review. The Future of Management. What Matters Now. Follow Gary on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/3/202059 minutes, 56 seconds
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SPOS #742 - Victoria Montgomery Brown On Big Think

Welcome to episode #742 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #742 - Host: Mitch Joel. I've been following the Big Think videos since they first started. Always fascinating perspectives, insights and stories from real leaders in business, life, entertainment and beyond. The truth is, that I knew nothing about the Big Think story. Until now. Victoria Montgomery Brown has built and run Big Think for the last 12 years (along with her co-founder, Peter Hopkins). It's become one of the leading digital media knowledge company, making people and companies smarter and faster. The company wasn't a venture-funded tech darling, born and raised in a Silicon Valley incubator. It's a scrappy, creative, labor of love that was born in a New York City bar, and raised in a rented closet in someone else's office. It's had to fight for its existence most of the time. And now, Victoria is not only telling the story, but taking her life lessons to help other female entrepreneurs get started. Her just published book is, Digital Goddess - The Unfiltered Lessons of a Female Entrepreneur. "This book is about dealing with the way things are, even when you don’t like it, and being yourself, even when it seems like a drawback. It’s about sucking it up, making the hard choices, and dealing with the consequences. It’s about being honest no matter what is going down," according to Victoria, who has been called, “the anti-Elizabeth Holmes.” Victoria prides herself on being nothing like the ill-fated Theranos CEO. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:18. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Victoria Montgomery Brown. Digital Goddess - The Unfiltered Lessons of a Female Entrepreneur. Big Think. Follow Victoria on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/27/202059 minutes, 18 seconds
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SPOS #741 - Alex Kantrowitz On Big Tech And Day One

Welcome to episode #741 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #741 - Host: Mitch Joel. Since this pandemic started, I have been grappling with reading books (which, before all of this was never an issue). Alex Kantrowitz's debut, Always Day One - How The Tech Titans Plan To Stay On Top Forever, was one of the few books that got my reading gears going again. Alex is the founder of Big Technology, a newsletter and podcast about Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and the other tech players. Alex is a journalist by profession, and has worked at places line CNBC and BuzzFeed, before deciding that he wanted to become an independent journalist and publisher. He graduated from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Alex had unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in techs in the writing of this book. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:09. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Alex Kantrowitz. Always Day One - How The Tech Titans Plan To Stay On Top Forever. Big Technology Follow Alex on Instagram. Follow Alex on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/20/20201 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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SPOS #740 - Jonah Berger On Being A Catalyst For Change

Welcome to episode #740 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #740 - Host: Mitch Joel. Any day is a happy day when Jonah Berger publishes a new book. And here we are. The bestselling author of Contagious and Invisible Influence is back with The Catalyst - How To Change Anyone's Mind, and I hope you are as happy as I am. Jonah is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a world-renowned expert on change, word of mouth, influence, consumer behavior, and how products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. He has published over fifty articles in top‐tier academic journals, teaches Wharton’s highest rated online course, and popular outlets like The New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work. He’s keynoted hundred of events, and often consults for organizations like Google, Apple, Nike, and the Gates Foundation. Now, let's into this discussion about the trials, tribulations and opportunities that come from the notion that, "change is hard." Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:05. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jonah Berger. The Catalyst - How To Change Anyone's Mind. Contagious. Invisible Influence. Follow Jonah on Twitter. Follow Jonah on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/13/202055 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #739 - Dan Heath On Solving Problems Before They Happen

Welcome to episode #739 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #738 - Host: Mitch Joel. When asked who my favorite business book authors are, the Heath brothers (Dan and Chip), show up at the top of that list. It's hard to not love brilliant books like, Made To Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments. Combined, they've sold over three million copies worldwide that have been translated into over thirty languages. Over the years, I've spoken at events where Dan was speaking as well. He is always kind, generous and giving of his time (and wisdom). While the brothers are still close, Dan decided to publish his own book recently. It's called, Upstream - The quest to solve problems before they happen, and it's a great read (as expected). Dan is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports social entrepreneurs. Previously, Dan worked as a researcher and case writer for Harvard Business School. In the late 1990s, Dan co-founded an innovative publishing company called Thinkwell, which for almost 25 years has been producing a line of online college textbooks that feature video lectures from some of the country’s top professors. Dan has a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin. One proud geeky moment for Dan was his victory in the 2005 New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, beating out 13,000 other entrants. In this episode, we look at our decision making process and how we can not just solve problems, but prevent them from ever taking place. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:43. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Dan Heath. Upstream - The quest to solve problems before they happen. Made To Stick. Switch. Decisive, The Power of Moments. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
9/6/20201 hour, 44 seconds
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SPOS #738 - Matt Ridley On How Innovation Works

Welcome to episode #738 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #738 - Host: Mitch Joel. I had hear about Matt Ridley's work (The Rational Optimist), but we had not met until last year. I was invited to speak at a CEO summit for Google and their clients in Amsterdam. We had a short interaction, but after watching him present, I knew he would make a great guest for the show. Matt's accomplishments are long, deep and varied. His books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into over 30 languages. His TED talk, When Ideas Have Sex, has been viewed more than two million times. He writes a weekly column in The Times (London) and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal. As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He served on the science and technology select committee 2014-2017. Matt worked for The Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is honorary president of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. His latest book is called, How Innovation Works... And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 49:01. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Matt Ridley. How Innovation Works... And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. The Rational Optimist. When Ideas Have Sex. Follow Matt on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/30/202049 minutes, 2 seconds
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SPOS #737 - David Burkus On Building Great Teams With Purpose

Welcome to episode #737 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #737 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of the world’s leading business thinkers (and my friend), David Burkus, is a forward-thinking idea machine focused on helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of five books about business and leadership (including The Myths of Creativity, Under New Management, Friend of a Friend, and more). His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. Since 2017, David has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. A former business school professor, David holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University. His latest project is Pick A Fight - How Great Teams Find A Purpose Worth Rallying Around, and it initially came out as an audiobook project. As we all head back to school and back to work (in a very different world), business leaders are going to need to understand what will make their teams feel motivated, innovative and more successful than ever before. Not easy. David wants every business to pick a fight worth fighting for. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Burkus. Pick A Fight - How Great Teams Find A Purpose Worth Rallying Around. Friend of a Friend. Under New Management. The Myths of Creativity. Follow David on Instagram. Follow David on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/23/202056 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #736 - Maria Konnikova On Understanding Poker To Win At Life

Welcome to episode #736 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #736 - Host: Mitch Joel. When Maria Konnikova first entered the world of poker in 2017, it was tough to predict that, within a year, she would have won a major title, made multiple final tables, and amassed close to $300,000 in live tournament winnings. But that’s precisely what happened. Today, in addition to her career as a journalist, Maria plays professionally, traveling the world as she seeks her next poker title in anticipation of her recently published book, The Biggest Bluff. Maria brings a unique background to her poker career: apart from being a bestselling author (her other books include The Confidence Game, and Mastermind) and award-winning journalist, she holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Her doctoral work was on risky and emotional decision making in uncertain environments—the precise sorts of conditions you encounter at the poker table. Her theoretical findings, alongside her new practical experience, form a powerful combination for insight into the human decision making process in environments far removed from the poker table. Apart from playing and working on her book, over the last year Maria has developed interactive decision making workshops that use poker as a tool to explore your own mind—and help you emerge with a more complete understanding of yourself and a roadmap for improving your thought processes going forward. There is powerful connection between understanding the dynamics of poker in relation to what we need to pay attention to, how to master our thinking, how to see people for who they truly are (and not what they may be pretending to be) and where the "win" in life may actually be. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:23. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Maria Konnikova. The Biggest Bluff. The Confidence Game. Mastermind. Follow Maria on Instagram. Follow Maria on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/16/202054 minutes, 24 seconds
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SPOS #735 - Chuck Wendig On Bestselling Books, Creativity And Brilliant Storytelling

Welcome to episode #735 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #735 - Host: Mitch Joel. I believe C.C. Chapman first turned me on to the incredibly powerful, direct, and funny writing of Chuck Wendig. And while Chuck is an established New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, and his latest fiction breakthrough, Wanderers, I love his writing about creativity and writing more. If you have yet to check out The Kick-Ass Writer and Damn Fine Story, you really should. Chuck, like me, is also a comic book culture geek. He's worked in comics, games, film, and television. His blog has been running for a touch longer than mine (so... forever) and it's a never-ending source of great content. It's called Terribleminds, and he rambles and wrestles with topics as varied as writing, parenthood, food, pop culture, and beyond. His writing is always NSFW, and there's this honest and truthful edge that is always there, ready to punch you in the face (or make you crack up from laughter). If you want to tell better stories, write better, or embrace your creativity more, this show is for you. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:59. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Chuck Wendig. Terribleminds Damn Fine Story. The Kick-Ass Writer. Wanderers. Star Wars: Aftermath. Mirum Black. Atlanta Burns. Zer0es/Invasive. Follow Chuck on Twitter. Follow Chuck on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/9/202052 minutes, 59 seconds
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SPOS #734 - Marcus Whitney On Creative Entrepreneurship

Welcome to episode #734 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #734 - Host: Mitch Joel. Years back, we had unconferences. Gatherings of interesting people who would make up the contents of the conference on the spot. You could speak, contribute, whatever... as you wish. BarCamp Nashville invited me to come and take part back in 2007 (thanks, Dave Delaney). That's where I first met Marcus Whitney, who was one of the organizers. Watching his ascent over the years has not been surprising to me. I could sense his work ethic and desire for success when we first met. Marcus is now CEO of Health:Further (a strategic advisory firm in the healthcare space). He's also a Founding Partner of Jumpstart Health Investors (one of the most active venture capital firms in America focused on innovative, healthcare companies with a portfolio of over 100 companies). Want more? He's also co-founder and minority owner of Major League Soccer team, Nashville Soccer Club. His brand new book, Create and Orchestrate, is about claiming your creative power through entrepreneurship. Marcus is also the producer and host of Marcus Whitney Live, a livestream interview show, and Marcus Whitney’s Audio Universe (his podcast). Marcus is a member of the board of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Instruction Partners and an Arts Commissioner for the city of Nashville. Not inspired at work these days? Try this episode. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:05:45. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Marcus Whitney. Create and Orchestrate. Marcus Whitney Live. Marcus Whitney’s Audio Universe. Health:Further. Jumpstart Health Investors. Follow Marcus on Instagram. Follow Marcus on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
8/2/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 45 seconds
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SPOS #733 - Tom Peters Gives A Masterclass In Business Thinking

Welcome to episode #733 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #733 - Host: Mitch Joel. When I think of Tom Peters, there is only one word that comes to mind: Legend. He is that. He is the “man on the mountaintop” for me, personally (and for many others) when it comes to business, business book writing, public speaking, personal branding, and how to show up. If you want to know how much his work and thinking has impacted my life, you can click back about eight years to when I wrote a very public love letter to him (here it is: Dear Tom Peters). From the moment I first read The Project 50 - close to twenty years ago - to every book, program and article that he’s put out, I have been a fan. To say that I studied his public speaking style and adopted it for my own would not be a lie. We last connected for a podcast recording about two years ago, as he was publishing his last book, The Excellence Dividend. When I think about the current state of business, my default question is always: WWTPT? (What Would Tom Peters Think?). Now, we get the chance to ask those questions and listen to his reflections on business today… and tomorrow. A bio for Tom Peters? Where to begin? In 1982 he co-authored the seminal business book, In Search Of Excellence, which has been named one of the top three business books of the century by NPR. For my dollar, he’s changed almost everything I thought I knew about business through a series of books called The Reinventing Work Series 50 List Books. In 2003, I devoured Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age, and it still sits within arm’s reach on my desk (one of the only books to do so). In 1987 he wrote the article, The Brand Called You, in Fast Company and it – literally – ushered in the era of individuals as brands (so, don’t believe those who think that they created the notion of a personal brand… it was Tom). His list of accolades and awards could fill a book. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:07:35. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Tom Peters. The Excellence Dividend. In Search Of Excellence. Re-Imagine! Business Excellence In A Disruptive Age. The Reinventing Work Series 50 List Books. The Brand Called You. Follow Tom on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/26/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 35 seconds
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SPOS #732 - Avinash Kaushik On Better Tech And Marketing

Welcome to episode #732 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #732 - Host: Mitch Joel. The one person I think of when the state of marketing and technology shifts is Avinash Kaushik. Google‘s Digital Marketing Evangelist, bestselling author (Web Analytics – An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0), powerful writer (Occam’s Razor), dear friend and business big brain is back with more passion, empathy and criticism than you might be ready for. Each article he writes for his amazing newsletter, The Marketing-Analytics Intersect (you better sign up for it), may as well be a business book unto itself. His insights into what should really count today for business leaders is refreshing. He’s got attitude, is full of passion, and he does not hold back. What is the role of technology in society? What does the data say about our politics and who we are? How do we fix the tech backlash? And that's just the beginning. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 57:00. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Avinash Kaushik. The Marketing-Analytics Intersect. Web Analytics – An Hour A Day. Web Analytics 2.0. Occam’s Razor. Follow Avinash on Instagram. Follow Avinash on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/19/202057 minutes, 1 second
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SPOS #731 - Steve Dennis On The State of Retail And Shopping

Welcome to episode #731 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #731 - Host: Mitch Joel. If you want a glimpse into what this pandemic can do to business, look no further than the state of retail. Some retailers are experiencing great growth, while many are filing for bankruptcy. The winners are digital-first (think Amazon, Shopify, etc...). How do we make sense of consumer's today, how they shop, and what they will want from this day forward? Enter Steve Dennis. Steve has over three decades of experience as a strategic advisor, board member, general manager and C-level executive at two Fortune 500 retailers. He has worked with dozens of retail, luxury, technology and social impact brands to design more profitable growth strategies. Steve’s signature “tell is like it is” style and ‘8 Essentials of Remarkable Retail’ framework makes him one of the industry’s most in-demand thought leaders. He has delivered keynotes, led management workshops and consulted across six continents, sharing what it takes to win and keep customers in the age of Amazon, Alibaba, and digital disruption. Steve recently published his book, Remarkable Retail - How to win and keep customers in the age of digital disruption. Steve is also one of Seth Godin's oldest friends. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:21. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Steve Dennis. Remarkable Retail - How to win and keep customers in the age of digital disruption. Follow Steve on Instagram. Follow Steve on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/12/20201 hour, 1 minute, 22 seconds
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SPOS #730 - Pim de Morree On Being A Corporate Rebel

Welcome to episode #730 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #730 - Host: Mitch Joel. The work of Pim de Morree and his partner (Joost Minnaar) has been on my radar for a few years. It came up more recently, when I saw them on the famed Thinkers50 list and with the publication of their latest book, Corporate Rebels - Make Work More Fun. This may seem like an archaic concept as we all struggle to find our grounding during this pandemic, but it may be a more radical (and much-needed) way to think about our work than ever before. Pim wants workplaces to change for the better. That doesn't change in a work from home world, it gets amplified and becomes more important. Corporate Rebels is really a global movement to make work more fun. Pim and Joost quit their frustrating, corporate jobs and set out to travel the world to visit the world’s most inspiring organizations. While checking off their renowned Bucket List they share everything they learn. Their cult blog is read in over 100 countries, and they have been listed among the 'Top 30 Emergent Management Thinkers' and won the 2019 Thinkers50 'Radar Award'. We're all faced with re-thinking work. Here's some additional perspective. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:59. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Pim de Morree. Corporate Rebels - Make Work More Fun. Joost Minnaar. Follow Pim on Instagram. Follow Pim on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
7/5/20201 hour, 1 minute
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SPOS #729 - Steven Levy On Facebook And Tech's Greatest Challenges

Welcome to episode #729 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #729 - Host: Mitch Joel. At the beginning of the commercialization of technology, Steven Levy was there and reporting on it. He still is. Steven is Wired’s editor at large. The Washington Post has called him “America’s premier technology journalist.” His previous positions include founder of Backchannel and chief technology writer and senior editor for Newsweek. Steven has written seven previous books and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and everywhere in between. He is the author of incredibly insightful books like Hackers - Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Insanely Great - The Story of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything, In the Plex - How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives and many others. Most recently, he published, Facebook - The Inside Story, where he had unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for three years. This book is the definitive history of one of the world’s most powerful and controversial companies, especially these days. How should we see Facebook and other technologies? What does the future have in store for us? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:10. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Seven Levy. Facebook - The Inside Story. In the Plex - How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Insanely Great - The Story of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything. Hackers - Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Wired. Steven on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/28/202059 minutes, 10 seconds
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SPOS #728 - Alex Osterwalder On Building Invincible Companies

Welcome to episode #728 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #728 - Host: Mitch Joel. I've been following his work for many years. Books like Business Model Generation, The Team Alignment Map, Value Proposition Design, Testing Business Ideas and more, are not just jam-packed with ideas, but are also visual stunning and hyper-graphical. Alex Osterwalder's passion for both making business better and business model creation is contagious. It's hard not to think differently about business after spending any amount of time with his content. His company is called Strategyzer and they’ve also deployed the Business Model Canvas (along with many online courses). Most recently, Alex and I both took part in a multi-day online event called, SpeakAid 2020 (put together by another great thinker, Dan Pontefract). Out of the multi-day/many speaker event, I found Alex's to be the best presentation (by far). With his latest book, The Invincible Company, Alex (along with his regular co-author and business partner, Yves Pigneur) are digging deep into how to constantly reinvent your business with inspiration from the world's best business models. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 55:47. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Alex Osterwalder. The Invincible Company. Business Model Generation. Value Proposition Design. Testing Business Ideas. The Team Alignment Map. Strategyzer. Business Model Canvas. Follow Alex on Instagram. Follow Alex on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/21/202055 minutes, 47 seconds
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SPOS #727 - Emily Heyward On Building Brands That People Love

Welcome to episode #727 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #727 - Host: Mitch Joel. I didn’t blink. I saw the title of Emily Heyward’s new book, Obsessed - Building a Brand People Love From Day One, and I knew it would be right for me. I wasn’t wrong. During Emily's 12+ years building and running Red Antler (a branding agency for startups and new ventures), Emily has not only witnessed the landscape of business evolve, she has helped shape it. Now with Obsessed, she demonstrates why brands big and small have a hugely significant role to play in driving our culture, through times of great uncertainty and beyond. Since 2007, she’s worked closely with founders to develop purposeful, strategic visions for their companies and has led branding efforts for some of the most disruptive brands on the planet such as Casper, Allbirds, Boxed, and Prose. After beginning her career in advertising, Emily started Red Antler along with her co-founders to directly apply consumer insights and brand positioning to launching and growing new and beloved businesses. In 2018, Red Antler made Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies in Marketing and Advertising and was dubbed the “cult brand whisperer.” Emily was named among the Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Decade by Inc. Magazine, and has also been recognized as a Top Female Founder by Inc. and one of Entrepreneur’s Most Powerful Women of 2019. Let’s get obsessed… Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:51. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Emily Heyward. Obsessed - Building a Brand People Love From Day One. Red Antler. Follow Emily on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/14/202054 minutes, 52 seconds
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SPOS #726 - Mike Walsh On Rethinking How And Where We Work

Welcome to episode #726 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #726 - Host: Mitch Joel. For over a decade, I have been a fan of everything that Mike Walsh has created. From the genuine and beautiful aesthetic of his brand, style and design, to how his brain thinks so rapidly about our rapidly changing work space. He moves so quickly (and fast) that whenever I was at the airport (remember airports?), I would wonder if I would run into him. Mike used to travel over 300 days a year, researching trends, collecting case studies and presenting on the future of business and leadership. Now, we both sit and wait for the stages, conferences and associations to come back to life. With that change comes opportunity. Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. The Futurist and author recently published, The Algorithmic Leader, which digs into digital transformation, disruptive innovation and machine intelligence. Mike's other books include Futuretainment (winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York), published by Phaidon, and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas. Most recently, he has been sharing his thoughts on YouTube with his highly visual and instructive vignettes, New Rules For A New World. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:27. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Mike Walsh. The Algorithmic Leader. Futuretainment. The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas. New Rules For A New World. Follow Mike on Instagram. Follow Mike on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
6/7/202052 minutes, 27 seconds
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SPOS #725 - Mike Michalowicz On Mastering Entrepreneurship

Welcome to episode #724 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #725 - Host: Mitch Joel. It's hard to grow a business. It's hard to build a business. I wrote about the struggles (and the glory) this past week (The Heart of The Entrepreneur). When I speak to those who are starting up, there is always a book. A secret weapon. I can't tell you how many times, I've heard an entrepreneur or small business owner say: "Have you read Profit First?" The author of that book is Mike Michalowicz, and many people consider him the horse whisperer for startups and small businesses. As we all grapple through this pandemic, Mike's work couldn't be more profound. Over half a million people have read Mike's books (other gems include: Surge, Clockwork, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur). Mike's mission is clear: "Eradicate entrepreneurial poverty. I have devoted my life to fixing those struggles for you, for myself, and for every entrepreneur I have the privilege to connect with. Successful entrepreneurship is not easy, but it can be a whole lot simpler. That is what I am here to do with you, right now." His latest book is titled, Fix This Next - Make The Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business. Mike has built and sold many businesses - in good times and in tougher times. Thinking about what’s next for you? Your business? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:12. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Mike Michalowicz. Fix This Next - Make The Vital Change That Will Level Up Your Business. Profit First. Surge. Clockwork. The Pumpkin Plan. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Follow Mike on Instagram. Follow Mike on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'. Download the Podcast here: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #725 - Host: Mitch Joel.
5/31/202056 minutes, 13 seconds
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SPOS #724 - Simon Sinek On Great Revealers And Infinite Games

Welcome to episode #724 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #724 - Host: Mitch Joel. This is how Simon Sinek's website begins: "We imagine a world in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work they do." Simon is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together - even during this crisis. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist. Simon is the author of multiple bestselling books including, Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, and his latest, The Infinite Game. Simon may be best known for popularizing the concept of "why," which he described in his first TED Talk in 2009. That talk went on to become the second most watched TED Talk of all time, and is still in the top five with over 50 million views. His interview on millennials in the workplace broke the internet in 2016. With over 80 million views in its first week, it has now been viewed hundreds of millions times. This led to Simon being YouTube’s fifth most searched term in 2017. Simon is very busy with his live online classes and rethinking how to work beyond speaking on big stages for conferences, organizations and other live events. With that, there is no one else that I wanted to speak to on the topic of the day, how to be a great leader and how to live with optimism. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:09. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Simon Sinek. The Infinite Game. Start With Why. Leaders Eat Last. Together is Better. Simon’s famous TED Talk. Simon’s live online classes. Simon on Instagram. Simon on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/24/202056 minutes, 9 seconds
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SPOS #723 - John S. Couch On The Art of Creative Rebellion

Welcome to episode #723 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #723 - Host: Mitch Joel. How do we make career choices that make our life (and business) that much more creative? John S. Couch is Vice President, Product Design for Hulu where he led the redesign of the Hulu Experience. Now he is leading the design of the future of next generation storytelling in emerging platforms and formats at Hulu. His first job out of college was curating an art show in London of Beat writer William Burroughs’ Shotgun Paintings (as implied, shotguns and exploding cans of spray paint were involved) and then, in classic young starving artist mode, he ambulated to Paris, Vienna and Tokyo before finally settling in San Francisco. He launched his design career at Wired Magazine, where he shared an office with Douglas Coupland and developed a love for technology, design and tech and, as he is fluent in Japanese and could write copy, he helped launch Wired Japan. Then he moved to LA, taking leadership roles at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), CBS and eBay before landing at Hulu. John is a true artist, and writing is one of his metier. He has written fiction in the past, but most recently published, The Art of Creative Rebellion - How to champion creativity, change culture and keep your soul. In this episode we discuss the difficult and delicate balance between art, commerce and fulfilling life. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:15. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with John S. Couch. The Art of Creative Rebellion - How to champion creativity, change culture and keep your soul. Hulu. Follow John on Instagram. Follow John on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/17/202059 minutes, 16 seconds
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SPOS #722 - Rana Foroohar On The Economy And Big Tech

Welcome to episode #722 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #722 - Host: Mitch Joel. I had not heard of Rana Foroohar until I saw her most recent book, Don’t Be Evil - How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles And All of Us, hit the shelves. Rana is the Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her first book, Makers and Takers - The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, was about why the capital markets no longer support business. Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent six years at Time, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent thirteen years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the advisory board of the Open Markets Institute. In this episode, we discuss the current economic situation in the world, the future of business and whether or not we will excuse the past issues we had with big tech because of how we’ve all shifted towards more screen time. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 52:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Rana Foroohar. Don’t Be Evil - How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles And All of Us. Makers and Takers - The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business,. Financial Times. CNN. Follow Rana on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/10/202052 minutes, 54 seconds
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SPOS #721 - Fireside Chat With Henry Mintzberg

Welcome to episode #721 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #721 - Host: Mitch Joel. I’ve known Henry Mintzberg for as long as I can remember. I went to elementary school with his daughter. You don’t really know (or understand) who or what your friend’s parents are at that age. As I transitioned from post-secondary education into the business world, I was quickly exposed to the writing and thinking of Henry. It didn’t take me long to make the connection back to elementary school, but it did take a while for Henry and I to be connected. We first recorded a podcast about five years ago (Six Pixels of Separation #470 – Henry Mintzberg On Management) and became fast friends. Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending events with Henry and meeting with him about his current work/thinking. Henry Mintzberg is responsible for much of the management concepts that are in practice today. A true legend. You can’t use those words lightly when it comes to the business world. Henry Mintzberg is a true legend. He is an internationally renowned academic and author on business and management (over twenty books). He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in Montreal, where he has been teaching since 1968. Most know him for his 1989 book, Mintzberg On Management. Mintzberg also runs a business called, CoachingOurselves. Most recently, he published a book called, Rebalancing Society. Henry wants to rethink capitalism and manage us towards a better world. He would also love for you to check out his Declaration of Interdependence. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 1:06:20. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Henry Mintzberg. Rebalancing Society. CoachingOurselves. Declaration of Interdependence. Mintzberg On Management. Follow Henry on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
5/3/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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SPOS #720 - Harley Finkelstein On Shopify And The Future of Commerce

Welcome to episode #720 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #720 - Host: Mitch Joel. The official bio of Harley Finkelstein is beyond impressive. In 2009, Harley went from being one of Shopify's first merchants (selling t-shirts) to become their Chief Platform Officer. Now, he is the Chief Operating Officer of Shopify. He is on the board on of the CBC and advisor to Omers Ventures and Felicis Ventures. He is also a Dragon on CBC's Dragon's Den - Next Gen Den. He was inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2016. Shopify is now a beast. What Amazon is to retail, Shopify is to entrepreneurship. To put the magnitude of Shopify into perspective, their stock has shot up over 190% since last year, with over one millions merchants using their commerce platform (selling over $160 billion in goods). Even during this pandemic, Shopify's stock continues to soar (it now has a market cap of over $100 billion - that is double that of eBay's, and has the third largest market cap out of all public Canadian companies). The unofficial bio of Harley is a personal one. We have been friends for close to fifteen years, and watching his ascent has been of the most special moments of my life. I have always wanted to have him as a guest on this show, but didn't want to bother him with it. Well, we finally made it happen. Shopify, commerce and the future of business. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:01:19. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Harley Finkelstein. Shopify. Follow Harley on Instagram. Follow Harley on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/26/20201 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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SPOS #719 - Ann Handley On Writing, Newsletters And Content

Welcome to episode #719 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #719 - Host: Mitch Joel. One of my favorite people in the whole wide world is Ann Handley. Brilliant thoughts on content. One of the most insightful writers. An incredible presenter on the concepts of content marketing and storytelling. Successful businessperson. Author of two bestselling books, Everybody Writes and Content Rules (co-authored with C.C. Chapman). Currently, she runs MarketingProfs, which is a training and education company that has helped millions of professionals. Her previous company, ClickZ, was one of the first sources of digital marketing information in the world (which she sold over twenty years ago). Ann is beloved for all of the right reasons. Today, we deep-dive on writing, isolation, working through crisis, and where the best stories come from. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:02:55. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ann Handley. Everybody Writes. Content Rules. MarketingProfs. Follow Ann on Instagram. Follow Ann on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/19/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 55 seconds
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SPOS #718 - Alex Tapscott On Blockchain And Business Transformation

Welcome to episode #718 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #718 - Host: Mitch Joel. I've known Alex Tapscott's father (famed digital visionary, Don Tapscott) for close to two decades. Together they co-authored the prescient book, Blockchain Revolution (over four years ago - which is hard to imagine). Alex is back his latest book, Financial Services Revolution, where he acts as writer, editor and curator for some of the latest thinking on how the blockchain is changing how we buy, save and spend. Alex is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor. His TEDx talk (Blockchain is Eating Wall Street) has been viewed over 700,000 times. Alex co-founded (with Don) the Blockchain Research Institute, a think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. Let's dive into the blockchain. Did it deliver on its promise? Is the hype real? Still early days? Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Alex Tapscott. Financial Services Revolution. Blockchain Revolution. Blockchain is Eating Wall Street. Blockchain Research Institute. Follow Alex on Instagram. Follow Alex on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/12/202059 minutes, 37 seconds
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SPOS #717 - Vinh Giang The Magic of Better Communication

Welcome to episode #717 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #717 - Host: Mitch Joel. This is the first conversation that I recorded in our current Covid 19 world. I wanted to discuss the power of communications, and how we can get better, and add much more empathy to the way that we are connected. Especially in a world that is now work from home, remote and more isolated than ever before. I knew that I wanted to have that conversation with my friend, Vinh Giang. For more than 15 years, Vinh has dedicated himself to mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide do the same through the power of magic. In his inspiring keynote talks, workshops and presentations, Vinh integrates storytelling and magic to share key business strategies while motivating his audience to embrace change and see the “possible in the impossible.” Hi backstory? With only six months to graduate, Vinh left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher. This leap of faith became a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students globally, and earned Vinh the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia. Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions, which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe. Enjoy the diversion and enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Vinh Giang. 52kards. Luminary Productions. Stage Workshop. Follow Vinh on Instagram. Follow Vinh on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
4/5/202056 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPOS #716 - Jeremy Gutsche On How To Create The Future

Welcome to episode #716 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #716 - Host: Mitch Joel. My buddy Jeremy Gutsche was last on this show about five years ago. He's back. Jeremy is a bestselling author, innovation expert, and one of the most sought-after keynote speakers on the planet. He's also the CEO of Trend Hunter (the world's number one trend website and innovation consultancy). His team specializes in filtering opportunity and making change happen during times of chaos and change (perfect timing these days). In total, his team is relied on by close to 700 brands, billionaires and CEOs to predict and create the future, including Google, Disney, Starbucks, Adidas, and he's even helped NASA prototype the Journey to Mars. Jeremy recently published another book. Create The Future (which also includes a foreword from Malcolm Gladwell) looks at tactics for disruptive thinking. Then, if you flip the book over, his older book (Exploiting Chaos) has been revised and updated with the new title, The Innovation Handbook. So, two books in one! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:15. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Jeremy Gutsche. Create The Future. Exploiting Chaos. Trend Hunter. Follow Jeremy on Instagram. Follow Jeremy on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/29/20201 hour, 16 seconds
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SPOS #715 - Melanie Deziel On How To Generate Unlimited Stories

Welcome to episode #715 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #715 - Host: Mitch Joel. Melanie Deziel is the founder of StoryFuel and a keynote speaker on the topics of native advertising and branded content. She's taught professionals around the globe to brainstorm better, think like journalists and tell better brand stories. Melanie was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she wrote the native ads that won the Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award in both 2014 and 2015. Prior to founding StoryFuel, Melanie worked full time doing content strategy, business development and branded content creation for The New York Times’s T Brand Studio, helped found HuffPost Partner Studio, and served as the Director of Creative Strategy for Time Inc’s portfolio of 35+ media properties. She also served as an Expert in Residence at Gary Vaynerchuk’s BRaVe Ventures, where she provided native advertising and content strategy insights, training and information. More recently, she is the author of the recently published, The Content Fuel Framework - How to Generate Unlimited Story Ideas. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:42. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Melanie Deziel. The Content Fuel Framework. StoryFuel. Follow Melanie on Twitter. Follow Melanie on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/22/202059 minutes, 42 seconds
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SPOS #714 - Michael Bungay Stanier on Humble And Curious Leaders

Welcome to episode #714 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #714 - Host: Mitch Joel. My friend, Michael Bungay Stanier, is at the forefront of shaping how organizations around the world make being coach-like an essential leadership behavior and competency. His book, The Coaching Habit, has sold over 700,000 copies and has over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50. Michael was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and has been named a Global Coaching Guru since 2014. If you still don't think that he's all that smart, he was a Rhodes Scholar. Michael is the Founder of Box of Crayons and a hyper-compelling keynote speaker. He's been on the show before, but is back to talk about his newly-published book, The Advice Trap - Be humble, stay curious and change the way you lead forever. It's another sure-to-be bestseller. Enjoy the conversation.... Running time: 58:20. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Michael Bungay Stanier. The Advice Trap. The Coaching Habit. Box of Crayons. Follow Michael on Instagram. Follow Michael on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/15/202058 minutes, 21 seconds
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SPOS #713 - Stephen Shapiro On Solving Difficult Business Problems

Welcome to episode #713 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #713 - Host: Mitch Joel. Innovation comes from solving hard business challenges. When it comes to thinking like that, there is no-one like Stephen Shapiro. This is the work that he does. Stephen cultivates innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve their business challenges. Applying the knowledge he accrued over decades in the industry, Stephen is able to see what others can’t: opportunities to improve innovation models and the cultures that support them. Stephen spent 15 years at Accenture co-leading their business process reengineering practice and a thriving 20,000+ person process and innovation practice focused on growth and job creation. In 2001, after publishing his first book, 24/7 Innovation, Stephen left Accenture to become a full-time innovation speaker and advisor. Since then he has published four more books: Goal-Free Living, The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas, Personality Poker, and Best Practices are Stupid. His sixth (and latest) book, Invisible Solutions, just came out. As a Speaker Hall of Fame Member of the National Speakers Association, Stephen just finished serving a six-year term on the Board of Directors of National Speakers Association and is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional designation, NSA’s highest earned designation. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. In this episode, we explore Stephen's 25 lenses that reframe and help solve difficult business problems from his book, Invisible Solutions. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:13. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Stephen Shapiro. Invisible Solutions. Best Practices are Stupid. Personality Poker. The Little Book of Big Innovation Ideas. Goal-Free Living. 24/7 Innovation. Follow Stephen on Instagram. Follow Stephen on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/8/202057 minutes, 14 seconds
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SPOS #712 - Grant Baldwin on How To Be A Successful Speaker

Welcome to episode #712 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #712 - Host: Mitch Joel. Grant Baldwin is a popular keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and speaking coach. He’s also the creator of the popular podcast, The Speaker Lab (which I've had the pleasure of being a guest on), and the online course Booked and Paid to Speak, through which he has trained thousands of speakers. He just published a new book, The Successful Speaker (along with Jeff Goins), where he has documented the exact system that helped him land over 400 paid speaking gigs across 46 different states over the last decade. Grant has been a good friend for many years, and this business of speaking is something that is near and dear to my heart. Regardless of whether or not you want to be a professional speaker, your ability to stand up (with confidence) in front of an audience and tell a commanding story is critical for every executive's success. This book will help. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:00:09. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Grant Baldwin. The Successful Speaker. Jeff Goins The Speaker Lab. Booked and Paid to Speak. Follow Grant on Instagram. Follow Grant on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
3/1/20201 hour, 10 seconds
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SPOS #711 - Pauline Brown on Aesthetic Intelligence (The Other AI)

Welcome to episode #711 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #711 - Host: Mitch Joel. There's nothing harder than getting up onstage to speak in front of a room full of CEOs that run the world's largest associations following one of the most successful business people from the luxury goods space. I felt like a bum in my black jeans, pseudo dress jacket and sneakers. Pauline Brown had just finished her long stay as the Chairman of LVMH North America (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) working with a portfolio of over 70 brands in five different sectors across 100 markets. I made a joke about my clothes, we all laughed (she was probably being very kind and polite about my sad state of fashion affairs), but I was engaged and hanging on to her every word. Pauline is renowned for acquiring, building, and leading some of the world’s most influential brands. Now, she is striking out on her own. Moving from business leader to thought leader with her amazing new book, Aesthetic Intelligence (which she has brilliantly called “the other AI”). Her book is based on a course that she designed and taught at Harvard Business School. Pauline began her career as a Consultant at Bain and subsequently held senior executive roles at Estee Lauder, Avon and The Carlyle Group. She currently is an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Business School and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. I've become a raving fan of her work/thinking (which you can also hear on Sirius XM show, Tastemakers, on the Stars channel). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:10. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Pauline Brown. Aesthetic Intelligence. Tastemakers. LVMH. Follow Pauline on Instagram. Follow Pauline on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/23/202056 minutes, 11 seconds
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SPOS #710 - David Chavern on Journalism, Fake News And Media

Welcome to episode #710 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #710 - Host: Mitch Joel. I had the opportunity to speak for the largest newspaper and media association a few years back, just as they were repositioning and changing their brand name to the News Media Alliance. The President and CEO of the association was (and still is) David Chavern. We had a great discussion (debate) about the current state of media and journalism side-stage before my keynote. When the opportunity presented itself to record a conversation with David, I jumped at it. Fake news, the distrust of media, Twitter account raging heads of state, printing the news, finding facts over editorializing, the impact of social media on news and distribution, and much more. News Media Alliance is the new industry's largest trade association. David joined the Alliance as president and CEO in October 2015. In addition to developing an entirely new brand and identity for the organization, David has been intensely focused on telling the powerful – and optimistic – story of the news industry. David built a career spanning thirty years in executive, strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber. From 2007 through 2014, David was the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. As you can imagine, we have a lot of ground to cover. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 58:14. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Chavern. News Media Alliance. United States Chamber of Commerce. Follow David on Instagram. Follow David on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/16/202058 minutes, 15 seconds
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SPOS #709 - Ryan Hawk On Management, Performance and Leadership

Welcome to episode #709 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #709 - Host: Mitch Joel. Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast (like this one), where he goes deep with some of the world's biggest brains on how to optimize business and thinking. A lifelong student of leadership, he rose to roles as a professional quarterback and then went on to a VP of Sales. Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly for many large organizations, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates Leadership Circles that offers structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders. Most recently, he published the book, Welcome To Management - How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:48. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ryan Hawk. Welcome To Management. The Learning Leader Show. Follow Ryan on Instagram. Follow Ryan on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/9/202057 minutes, 49 seconds
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SPOS #708 - David Meerman Scott On Creating Passionate Fans

Welcome to episode #708 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #708 - Host: Mitch Joel. The bestselling author, David Meerman Scott, wants businesses to focus more on developing fans than customers. He would know. He is a fan of live music, collecting artifacts from space, and so much more. He also happens to be a marketing strategist who has written eight books (all of which have done exceedingly well). He may be best known for The New Rules of Marketing & PR, but his body of work also includes, The New Rules of Sales and Service, Real Time Marketing and PR, Marketing The Moon, Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead, Eyeball Wars and World Wide Rave. Most recently, he published the book, Fanocracy - Turning fans into customers and customers into fans. For this book he worked with a co-author (who also happens to be his daughter), Reiko Scott. Let’s dive into how brands can think differently about their customers, and debate whether or not all businesses are worthy of having fans. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:06. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with David Meerman Scott. Reiko Scott. Fanocracy. The New Rules of Marketing & PR. The New Rules of Sales and Service. Real Time Marketing and PR. Marketing The Moon. Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead. Eyeball Wars. World Wide Rave. Follow David on Instagram. Follow David on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
2/2/202059 minutes, 6 seconds
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SPOS #707 - Rishad Tobaccowala On Restoring The Soul of Business

Welcome to episode #707 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #707 - Host: Mitch Joel. Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Adviser to the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s largest marketing, communications and advertising network with 80,000 employees. Most recently, Rishad served as its Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategist, where he helped acquire and grow the business through brands like Sapient, Epsilon, Leo Burnett and so many others. Rishad’s key skill is getting people to see, think and feel differently about how to grow themselves, their teams and their company. He does this through distilling forty years of global learning and wisdom and communicating in a way that is provocative, pragmatic and inspirational. Most recently, Rishad (finally) published his first book, Restoring the Soul of Business - Staying Human in the Age of Data. If you have not followed his writing on his blog, Re-Inventing, you do not know what you're missing. If you are trying to better understand brands, advertising, technology, and what trends will affect your business today (and tomorrow)? I consider Rishad one of the oracles. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 59:25. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Rishad Tobaccowala. Restoring the Soul of Business - Staying Human in the Age of Data. Re-Inventing. Publicis Groupe. Follow Rishad on Instagram. Follow Rishad on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/26/202059 minutes, 26 seconds
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SPOS #706 - Scott Stratten On How To Not Be A Jackass

Welcome to episode #706 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #706 - Host: Mitch Joel. He is one of my best friends, which always makes the "formal" conversation a little challenging. Scott Stratten and I (along with Ron Tite) have been texting, supporting and being there for one another on daily basis for years. With that, it doesn't change the fact that Scott is one impressive, caring and giving human being. Some have called him one of the ultimate sales and marketing truth slayer. Scott is a famed (in fact, hall of fame) professional speaker and co-author (with his wife, Alison Stratten). Scott helps organizations see their business through a new lens with his unconventional “unmarketing” views and vanguard approach to building and maintaining real customer relationships. They have authored six bestselling books. Most recently, they published, The Jackass Whisperer - How to deal with the worst people at work, at home and online ― even when the Jackass is you. Spoiler Alert: We are all jackasses. This is a conversation about online habits, mean people and how we can all stop, think and try to be a little less jackassy. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Scott Stratten. The Jackass Whisperer - How to deal with the worst people at work, at home and online ― even when the Jackass is you. Scott and Alison’s books. Follow Scott on Instagram. Follow Scott on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/19/202054 minutes, 54 seconds
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SPOS #705 - How To See The Future With Rohit Bhargava

Welcome to episode #705 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #705 - Host: Mitch Joel. If you want to better understand how your business might be impacted by trends that are happening today (and growing bigger and bigger), you should pay attention to the work of Rohit Bhargava. Rohit is on a mission to help the world be more open-minded by teaching others how to be non-obvious thinkers. He is the founder of the Non-Obvious Company and an entertaining, original and “non-boring” keynote speaker on innovation and trust. He previously spent 15 years in leadership roles at two renowned ad agencies: Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of many bestselling books (including Personality Not Included, Likeonomics, Always Eat Left Handed and many more). Rohit is a popular Adjunct Professor of storytelling at Georgetown University and also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine in Brazil. His Non-Obvious book series is an annual look at the trends that are our shaping the world today (and tomorrow). He just published his tenth (and last) edition of the series, Non Obvious Megatrends. His work isn’t just about the trends, but how anyone can be better at spotting and curating them. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 56:50. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Rohit Bhargava. Non Obvious Megatrends. Personality Not Included. Likeonomics. Always Eat Left Handed. Non-Obvious Company. Sign up for Rohit’s amazing newsletter. Follow Rohit on Twitter. Follow Rohit on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/12/202056 minutes, 50 seconds
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SPOS #704 - The Self Reliant Entrepreneur With John Jantsch

Welcome to episode #704 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #704 - Host: Mitch Joel. When it comes to small businesses thinking big, I always think of John Jantsch. John is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, The Referral Engine, and SEO for Growth. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world.​ Most recently, my old friend published a really interesting book called, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur - 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business. The book is organized as a daily devotional with 366 entries, one for each day of the year, including Leap Year. Each day starts with a reading from a transcendentalist era author, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau, followed by a reflection and application by the author for today’s entrepreneur. It’s a real pleasure of a book to dig into, and the perfect book to launch this new year of the Six Pixels of Separation Podcast. Welcome to 2020. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:22. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with John Jantsch. The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur - 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business. Duct Tape Marketing. Duct Tape Selling. The Commitment Engine. The Referral Engine. SEO for Growth. Duct Tape Marketing System. Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network. Follow John on Instagram. Follow John on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
1/5/202057 minutes, 23 seconds
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SPOS #703 - Brett Hurt On Entrepreneurship And Starting Up

Welcome to episode #703 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #703 - Host: Mitch Joel. He's an old friend and someone who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in the technology and startup world. While many know his name... most do not. Let's change that. Brett Hurt is the CEO and co-founder of data.world (of which I am an advisor), a Public Benefit Corporation focused on building the modern catalog for data and analysis as well as the world's largest collaborative public data catalog. data.world helps you tap into more of your company’s collective brainpower—everyone from data scientists to nontechnical experts—so you can achieve anything with data, faster. Brett is also the co-owner of Hurt Family Investments (HFI), alongside his wife, Debra. HFI are involved in 72 startups and counting, mostly based in Austin. HFI are also invested in 21 VC funds and multiple philanthropic endeavors. Brett founded and led Bazaarvoice as CEO from 2005-2012, through its IPO (it hit over one billion dollars), follow-on offering, and two acquisitions (PowerReviews and Longboard Media). Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded and led Coremetrics, which was rated the #1 Web analytics solution by Forrester Research and, like Bazaarvoice, expanded into a global company and category leader. Coremetrics was acquired by IBM in 2010 for around $300m. A three time winner in the startup and entrepreneurship world, Brett is also the author of the freely available, The Entrepreneur's Essentials. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:05:14. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Brett Hurt. The Entrepreneur's Essentials. data.world. Hurt Family Investments. Follow Brett on Instagram. Follow Brett of Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/29/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 15 seconds
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SPOS #702 - Scott H. Young On Mastering Hard Skills Quickly

Welcome to episode #702 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #702 - Host: Mitch Joel. Here's a question that I often think about: Can you learn something really well in a short amount of time? I am not alone. Scott H. Young has also been thinking about what is the best way to learn. Scott believes that learning is the key to living well. This pursuit led him to take on two year-long experiments in learning: The MIT Challenge, where he learned MIT’s 4-year computer science curriculum without taking classes, and The Year Without English, where he went with a friend to learn four languages in one year. Mission accomplished. He did it. He started writing his blog before his 18th birthday, because he was interested in behavior change, which led to how we learn, which led to self-mastery and career development. His first book is called, Ultralearning - Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. There's something here. From the book: "In these tumultuous times of economic and technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self-education—a lifelong mastery of fresh ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner." Happy Holidays! Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:35. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Scott H. Young. Ultralearning - Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. The MIT Challenge. The Year Without English. Follow Scott on Instagram. Follow Scott on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/22/201954 minutes, 36 seconds
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SPOS #701 - Denise Lee Yohn On The Brands To Watch In 2020

Welcome to episode #701 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #701 - Host: Mitch Joel. What brands should you pay attention to in the coming year? Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to person when it comes to thinking about branding. Recently, she published her list of Brands To Watch In 2020. In her Forbes article, Denise names one brand per letter of the alphabet. The list includes Amazon and Facebook (of course), as well as non-tech sector newsmakers like Nike and LVMH. Within the article are some unconventional takes on brands in the areas of privacy, mobility, and even masculinity. Denise's last business book, Fusion – How integrating brand and culture powers the world’s greatest companies, came out in 2018, and it followed her work on what it takes to not only stand out, but constantly deliver a great brand experience for customers. When it comes to brands doing things right – constantly and consistently – I always think of the work that Denise Lee Yohn is doing. From her first book, What Great Brands Do – The Seven Brand-Building Principles That Separate The Best From The Rest, to the article she authored for the Harvard Business Review titled, Start-Ups Need a Minimum Viable Brand, then came Extraordinary Experiences, that profiled seven popular, powerful retail and restaurant brands. Denise is a brand thinking juggernaut. Brands have changed dramatically... and will continue to evolve. Enjoy the conversation… Running time: 58:26. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Denise Lee Yohn. Brands To Watch In 2020. Fusion – How integrating brand and culture powers the world’s greatest companies. What Great Brands Do – The Seven Brand-Building Principles That Separate The Best From The Rest. Extraordinary Experiences. Start-Ups Need a Minimum Viable Brand. Follow Denise on Instagram. Follow Denise on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/15/201958 minutes, 26 seconds
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SPOS #700 - Seth Godin on Podcasting

Welcome to episode #700 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #700 - Host: Mitch Joel. I’m not one to mark milestones. It’s just not who I am (and it’s not what I’m about). Birthdays, anniversaries, etc… I don’t like attention or making a big deal out of things. That was my attitude going into this week’s episode. Still, 700 podcasts is a big deal. Beyond Leo Laporte and TWiT, I am not sure if there is a longer running and consistently published podcast in the world of business. Maybe I am wrong? I don’t know. Still, every Sunday since May 22nd, 2006, I have published a podcast here. It was actually a no-brainer when I thought of who (and what) I would like to discuss for this week’s 700th episode. I wanted to discuss podcasting, and I wanted to discuss it with the one and only Seth Godin. I’ve known Seth for a long time. He’s been a guest on this show more than ten times over the years. If you want to know how much I love Seth, please read this article from April 2012: Dear Seth Godin. For more than thirty years, Seth has been showing up, doing the work and has been shipping ideas. Drip. Drip. Drip. He's been blogging daily for over a decade (free Seth Godin thinking? Yes please!) and he is the author of close to twenty bestselling (and must read) books like Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and his most recent, This Is Marketing. It's hard to not list out every book that he has written, because I love, share and gift all of them (he's just that good). In 2015, he created the altMBA, a life-changing 30 day workshop that is changing the face of education. More than 60,000 people have taken his online courses, including The Marketing Seminar and several others on Udemy. Along with doing five TED talks, Seth has a top-rated podcast, Akimbo, and has built The Podcasting Fellowship to help others start a show of their own (he’s got some other great workshops as well). Enjoy the conversation...   Running time: 55:39. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Seth Godin. Akimbo. The Podcasting Fellowship. altMBA. This Is Marketing. The Marketing Seminar. Purple Cow. Linchpin. The Dip. Sign up to get Seth’s blog. Follow Seth on Instagram. Follow Seth on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/8/201955 minutes, 40 seconds
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SPOS #699 - Ron Tite On Think Do Say

Welcome to episode #699 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #699 - Host: Mitch Joel. These are the hard conversations to have (from a professional standpoint). Ron Tite and I are very close friends. It’s rare that a day goes by without some point of connectivity (a train of texts, a call, etc…). I’ve admired his work, his thinking, his humor and his ideas from the day that we first met. Ron has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands. He is Founder and CEO of Church+State (originally The Tite Group), a  content marketing agency and publisher of, This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling, award-winning satirical book from the creators of CBC Radio’s hit show, This Is That. His past work includes being Executive Producer & Host of the award-winning comedy show, Monkey Toast, in addition to writing for a number of television series, penning a children’s book, and writing, performing, and producing the play The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and content marketing, Ron continues to speak to leading organizations all over the world about “The Expression Economy” – his take on modern business. His first book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published in 2016. His latest (and greatest) book is Think Do Say, looks at how consumers now vote with their wallet and their time. He even has a podcast of his own, and it’s call, The Coup. Always filled with interesting perspectives, this is a show that you do not want to miss. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:54. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Ron Tite. Think Do Say. Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be). Church+State. The Coup. Follow Ron on Instagram. Follow Ron on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
12/1/201954 minutes, 54 seconds
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SPOS #698 - Charlene Li On The Disruption Mindset

Welcome to episode #698 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #698 - Host: Mitch Joel. If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset - Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. With that, many first heard of her when she co-authored the massive book, Groundswell and followed it up with Open Leadership. Charlene founded Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group. Let's discuss disruption. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:29. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Charlene Li. The Disruption Mindset - Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. Groundswell. Open Leadership. Altimeter Group. Follow Charlene on Instagram. Follow Charlene on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/24/201957 minutes, 29 seconds
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SPOS #697 - Neil Pasricha Says You're Awesome (And You Are)

Welcome to episode #697 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #697 - Host: Mitch Joel. I'm a very lucky human being. I get to call Neil Pasricha my friend. Neil is the author of six books. Let's start with, The Book of Awesome, a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures based on his 100-million-hit, award-winning blog, 1000 Awesome Things. Then there’s, The Happiness Equation, originally written as a 300-page love letter to his unborn son on how to live a happy life. After that was, Awesome Is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children. He then published, How To Get Back Up, a memoir of failure and resilience released as an Audible Original. He is a publishing juggernaut. His books are New York Times and #1 international bestsellers, and have sold millions of copies across dozens of languages. He also speak to groups (a lot). His first TED talk, The 3 A’s of Awesome, is ranked as one of the 10 Most Inspiring of all time, and his second is called, How do you maximize your tiny, short life?, an artistic side-project called the world’s first TED Listen, composed entirely of questions. His podcast is a personal favorite as well. It's called 3 Books, and it's a 15-year-long mission to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each of the 333 chapters unpacks the 3 most formative books of an inspiring individual like Judy Blume, Chris Anderson of TED, the world’s greatest Uber driver, or David Sedaris. His latest book is titled, You Are Awesome - How to navigate change, wrestle with failure and live an intentional life. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:02:36. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Neil Pasricha. You Are Awesome - How to navigate change, wrestle with failure and live an intentional life. The Book of Awesome. 1000 Awesome Things. The Happiness Equation. Awesome Is Everywhere. How To Get Back Up. 3 Books. Follow Neil on Instagram. Follow Neil on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/17/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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SPOS #696 - Nancy Duarte On Using Data Better In Presentations

Welcome to episode #696 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #696 - Host: Mitch Joel. Nancy Duarte is a communication expert. Hard stop. That's not hyperbole. She is an expert... maybe even THE expert in how to tell great stories and present them in a compelling way. Her firm, Duarte, is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. She’s written five best-selling books (including the must-have Slide:ology, Resonate and Illuminate), four of which have won major book awards. Her company is one of the top woman-owned businesses in North America. Nancy has won several awards for communications, entrepreneurship, and her success as a female executive. On the list of top 250 Women in Leadership, Nancy ranks #67 and on World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals for 2017, Nancy ranks #1. She is also a professional speaker at and has many more speakers in her firm’s clientele. Her TEDx talk has had over two million views (The secret structure of great talks). Her latest book, DataStory looks at how to inspire action and story through a company's data. You don't want to miss this chat. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 57:48. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Nancy Duarte. DataStory. Duarte. Slide:ology. Resonate. Illuminate. Follow Nancy on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/10/201957 minutes, 48 seconds
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SPOS #695 - Marcus Sheridan On Great Sales And Better Marketing

Welcome to episode #695 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #695 - Host: Mitch Joel. Long before Marcus Sheridan became one of the most sought-after speakers and trainers in the world, he was just some dude I saw speak on a small stage in front of an unsuspecting audience. Sometimes, you just know it when you see it. That day, I saw it. The "it factor" in Marcus. Speaking, teaching and training audiences to think differently (and better) about their sales and marketing in one of the most captivating ways. Since then, I have watched Marcus' massive ascent. From just another pool salesperson, into what he is now. He is the author of the bestselling book, They Ask, You Answer. As I alluded to, Marcus’ story didn’t begin on the stage. It started with a business created and run out of the back of a beat-up pickup truck. Marcus’ experience of saving his swimming pool company, River Pools and Spas, from the economic collapse of 2008 has been featured in multiple books, publications and university case studies from around the world. From its humble beginnings as a three-person company to one of the largest manufacturers and installers in the country, River Pools and Spas has the most visited pool website in the world. From there, he built his sales and marketing consultancy, The Sales Lion, and in early 2018 that company merged with Impact, where they are now building a leading sales and marketing agency. With that, he recently updated and revised his book, They Ask, You Answer. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 54:00. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Marcus Sheridan. They Ask, You Answer. Impact. River Pools and Spas. Follow Marcus on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
11/3/201954 minutes
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SPOS #694 - Diane Mulcahy On The Gig Economy

Welcome to episode #694 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #694 - Host: Mitch Joel. Before it was even a thing, Diane Mulcahy created the first course in the United States on the gig economy and teaches it in the MBA program at Babson College. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovate Business School Courses. Out of that course grew a book. Diane is the author of The Gig Economy. She also walks her talk. She works independently, remotely and flexibly in the gig economy as a consultant, advisor, speaker, writer and teacher. Diane has been an investor for the past fifteen years. She is an Advisor to the Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the private equity and venture capital portfolio. She is also the author of We Have Met the Enemy …and He Is Us, a widely read report on the VC industry. In this episode we dig deep into the future of work, if the gig economy is tenable for our society, and the evils of the big market caps and over-promising based on the gig economy (Uber and WeWork much?). Enjoy the conversation...  Running time: 52:18. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Diane Mulcahy. The Gig Economy. We Have Met the Enemy …and He Is Us Follow Diane on Twitter. Follow Diane on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/27/201952 minutes, 19 seconds
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SPOS #693 - Avinash Kaushik On The State Of Analytics

Welcome to episode #693 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #693 - Host: Mitch Joel. He's back! Google's Digital Marketing Evangelist, bestselling author (Web Analytics - An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0), powerful writer (Occam's Razor), friend and business big brain, Avinash Kaushik. His articles may as well be business books, and his insights into what should really count today for business leaders is refreshing. He's got an attitude, he is full of passion, and he has some ideas about what we all need to be thinking about, in this day and age. Avinash has an incredible newsletter titled, The Marketing-Analytics Intersect (you best sign up for it), and we're back to discuss the power of analytics, why we have too much data, why brands should stop their social media posts, and whether all of this tech hate is well placed. In a world of measuring what matters, trust me, you will need to hear what Avinash thinks (and wants you to do). Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 1:03:56. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Avinash Kaushik. The Marketing-Analytics Intersect. Stop All Social Media Activity (Organic) - Solve For A Profitable Reality. The power of machine learning at Google. Web Analytics - An Hour A Day. Web Analytics 2.0. Follow Avinash on Twitter. Follow Avinash on Instagram. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/20/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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SPOS #692 - Alexa, Tell Me More About Smart Audio With James Vlahos

Welcome to episode #692 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #692 - Host: Mitch Joel. In case you have not noticed, I could not be more bullish on the power of Smart Audio. From smart speakers and Alexa to Google’s voice assistant technology, chatbots and artificial intelligence. This space has been looked at analyzed in the book, Talk To Me - How voice computing will transform the way we live, work and think by James Vlahos. James is a journalist (who has written for the New York Times, Popular Science, The Atlantic and Wired). He wrote a cover story in 2017 for Wired , which was all about his startup (now called HereAfter), which - at the time - was really a chronicle of how he programmed his own AI chatbot to resemble his late father. This program, called DadBot, has evolved. The smart audio space continues to evolve. When people ask me what the future of technology is, Smart Audio is at the top of my list. So let’s dive in deep, and see what’s got everyone talking. Enjoy the conversation…  Running time: 56:14. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with James Vlahos. Talk To Me - How voice computing will transform the way we live, work and think. HereAfter. Follow James on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/13/201956 minutes, 14 seconds
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SPOS #691 - The Collaborative Advantage With Paul Skinner

Welcome to episode #691 of Six Pixels of Separation. Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation - Episode #691 - Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner's book, Collaborative Advantage - How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul's antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in how to think about your brand and the future of business. Paul works at Agency of the Future, and is also the founder of the social enterprise, Pimp My Cause. Pimp My Cause brings together marketers and good causes to create transformational pro bono projects for social good. Paul often describes Pimp My Cause as a living laboratory of collaborative advantage in action. The Cabinet Office named Paul as one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. He is an advisory board member for the Museum of Brands and an advisor for the Future Strategy Club. Enjoy the conversation... Running time: 53:58. Hello from beautiful Montreal. Subscribe over at iTunes. Please visit and leave comments on the blog - Six Pixels of Separation. Feel free to connect to me directly on Facebook here: Mitch Joel on Facebook. or you can connect on LinkedIn. ...or on Twitter. Here is my conversation with Paul Skinner. Collaborative Advantage - How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. Agency of the Future. Pimp My Cause. Follow Paul on Twitter. This week's music: David Usher 'St. Lawrence River'.
10/6/201953 minutes, 59 seconds
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SPOS #690 - Newsy And The State of News With Blake Sabatinelli