Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

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Building Product-Focused Engineering Teams with Steve Caudill

 Patrick Emmons  Jan 20, 2022 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Rand McNally’s Chief Technology Officer, Steve Caudill, joins Patrick and Shelli this week to talk about building and maintaining the culture of a startup inside a well-established brand with a 165-year history. They cover a range of topics including recruiting talent in a highly competitive market, creating tight feedback loops between customers and engineers, and structuring product development for the shortest path to revenue.

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Rethinking Change Management with Allen Smith

 Patrick Emmons  Dec 9, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

What does change management look like in a world of constant, rapid change? Allen Smith, CIO at Baker Tilly, believes keeping up with the pace of change today requires rethinking change management as a discipline, including the rigid processes and communication protocols from traditional waterfall development.

Allen joins Patrick and Shelli to talk about the increasing overlap between our personal and professional lives. People bring the expectations they have for consumer software into their view of workplace software and tools. Whether they like it or not, businesses have to contend with any negative aspects of that trend. Why not lean into the change and capitalize on the advantages?

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Making Trust Possible with Swati Shah

 Patrick Emmons  Nov 18, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

At TransUnion, creating innovative products, building talent, and delivering excellent customer experiences start with an environment where trust is possible. Swati Shah, U.S. Markets CIO, talks with Patrick and Shelli this week about what cultivating that trust looks like for the organization.

She also describes the various programs in place to support continuous learning for cross-functional teams and the importance of helping engineers understand the ‘why’ in addition to the ‘what’ for the solutions they are building.

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Developing a Culture that Supports Innovation with Eric Rempel

 Patrick Emmons  Apr 29, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Democratizing innovation leads to happy customers and happy employees that feel a sense of purpose and belonging at work. Creating teams that balance accountability and purpose is Eric Rempel’s vision of success.

Eric is the Chief Innovation Officer at Redwood Logistics. He joined Patrick and Shelli on this week’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise for a discussion on creating an organization that is mission-driven, where employees can see the impact they are making. Tune in for his insights and to learn more about Redwood Logistics.

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Continuous Learning Programs within the DOD with Nicolas Chaillan

 Patrick Emmons  Jan 21, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Nicolas Chaillan is the first-ever Chief Software Officer for the United States’ government at his post with the US Air Force. As an agency tasked with both innovation and national security, the Air Force has its work cut out for it.

In this week’s edition of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Nicolas shares his thoughts on why employers should give paid time for continuous learning to remain competitive. He explains why we need to think beyond college degrees and offer alternative pathways toward advancement. Take a listen.

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Creating a Mission-Driven Culture with Thomas South

 Patrick Emmons  Aug 13, 2020 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

When it comes to attracting talent, Thomas South believes it’s not necessarily about being specialized or competing based on benefits packages alone. Rather, he believes that maintaining a mission-driven culture is key to recruiting employees that will thrive in your organization.

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How Trust Builds Passion with Ann Madea

 Patrick Emmons  May 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Ann Madea has spent her career managing and motivating her teams in global leadership positions for one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. She joined us on Innovation and the Digital Enterprise to discuss how she builds trust to ensure all members of her team feel comfortable speaking up and how to successfully stay the course when managing large-scale projects.

As a high-profile woman in business, Patrick and Shelli also talked with Ann about the people that inspired her to chase her ambitions. She has also dedicated herself to the advancement of women and girls in the fields of STEM. Listen to the episode for insights and tips from an accomplished IT leader.

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Rituals to Cultivate a Fearless Culture with Gene Kim

 Patrick Emmons  Feb 26, 2020 6:00:00 AM  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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Conflict, Failures and Transparency as Business Assets with Sean Brown

 Patrick Emmons  Oct 9, 2019 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Failure isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, Sean Brown, CEO of YCharts, wants to hire failures – they are, after all, risk-takers that aren’t afraid to try something new. On this week’s episode, Sean joins Pat for a wide-ranging conversation about the lessons Sean has learned in his 25+ years starting, selling, buying, and running various companies.

Sean talks to us about why he believes the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) philosophy works so well in business and shares his four-part playbook for developing successful companies. Listen in to find out how to best get to know your customers, how to attract top talent, and why you need full transparency at every level of your business.

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Open Communication and Frameworks for High Performing Teams with Eric Foster

 Patrick Emmons  Sep 25, 2019 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Open communication and high performing teams don’t just appear out of nowhere. In order to have a team that gels, you need to put in the work to create a space in which all team members know the vision of your company, have clear expectations, and know how to course-correct when things go awry.

Eric Foster, a CIO with experience spanning multiple technology firms, sat down to speak with Pat and Shelli on his three-part framework for creating high performing teams. Eric also explains why it is so important that you spend time thinking about the culture you want and how to go about creating it. Listen in for tips and book recommendations so you have the tools you need to create an unstoppable team.

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