Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

The Innovation and the Digital Enterprise podcast is the ultimate resource for entrepreneurs and technology executives focused on influencing positive transformation that leads to organizational success. Join co-hosts DragonSpears’ Patrick Emmons and Madison Industries’ Shelli Nelson as they chat with guests from a variety of industries uncovering tips, tools, and insights gleaned from spearheading their own innovation initiatives.


How Digital Intimacy Can Increase Sales and Satisfaction with Matt Coughlin

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Apr 16, 2020 9:14:45 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Over the last few decades, as things have increasingly gone digital, we’ve lost the human interaction behind satisfying sales experiences. Matt Coughlin of XSELL Technologies is passionate about the science of sales. After working with Disney and other big brands, he realized that customers were hungry for digital intimacy.

This week on Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Matt is talking to Pat about how brands can bridge the divide between offering an array of products and personalization. He discusses how machine learning can help with that dilemma and also talks about his philosophy of “Open for Business”, which is all about being open to change and learning. Tune in for a discussion on the future of sales.

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Why Discretionary Effort is a Sign of a Healthy Organization with Ryan Jeffery

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 26, 2020 1:15:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

As the founder of a leadership organization, Ryan Jeffery, Co-CEO of Ignite, knows a thing or two about leadership development. He stopped by the Innovation and the Digital Enterprise podcast to discuss the idea of discretionary effort and action, the difference between leaders and managers, and why organizations need to do a better job of seeing employees on the human level.

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How Optimism and Grit Go Hand in Hand with Kristi Zuhlke

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Many believe that to succeed in business, you must be a pessimist, always anticipating and preparing for the worst. But according to Kristi Zuhlke, the CEO of Knowledgehound, grit and optimism are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Kristi joins Shelli and Pat and gives listeners a window into the life of a serial entrepreneur. She explains why entrepreneurs are passionate about solving problems, why optimism is underrated in business, and how she thoughtfully adds new members to her team.

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Building, Then Reinventing, Your Personal Brand with Alison Vorsatz

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

After being the only woman in the room for years at her corporate job, a string of tragedies made Alison Vorsatz reconsider her purpose. This led her on a transformational journey to Africa and ended with her finding a job at Fairygodboss where she gets to realize her dream of empowering women.

Alison joins Pat and Shelli to talk about her journey and shares insights on what it means to work on your personal brand and how that brand can open career connections.

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Rituals to Cultivate a Fearless Culture with Gene Kim

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 26, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The seeds of innovation cannot germinate in a culture in which people feel they need to ask permission. According to today's guest, Gene Kim, the ability to fail — and share that failure — is one of the most important tenets of any company that has a chance to improve.

Gene has been studying high-performing technology companies since 1999 and has authored several books on the topic. In this week’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Gene discusses the five central prerequisites of company innovation as well as the role that ritual can play in de-stigmatizing failure.

Check out this episode for practical tips on how your company can achieve substantial results simply by changing up habits.

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