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On the Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we interview CEOs, business leaders, authors and thought leaders to get their perspectives on strategy, business, leadership, culture and people to you can advance in your career and your life. If you're looking for one of the best business podcasts and leadership podcasts out there- we're top 3% in the world. Be sure to subscribe! We put a new podcast out once a week. The Strategy and Leadership podcast is hosted by SME Strategy: We're a management co ...
 
Business Kaffe is a podcast that discusses strategy, innovation, and management topics. The goal is to break those topics down to actionable insights. Our aim is to also bring insights from people who have implemented various techniques in their worlds. We all learn together by sharing and that is our primary goal. The way we will go about it will vary. We might bring in sports strategies or sometimes, we may dive into a management book. We'll try to keep it fun and light. Whether you are a ...
 
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Chris Cicchinelli is the CEO & President of Pure Romance, the world’s largest in-home/virtual party company specializing in intimacy and sexual health. On his twenty year journey with the company, he grew the business from $3 million to $350 million in revenue.In 2018, Chris founded the Living with Change Foundation to help transgender youth and th…
 
Cameron Herold in the Canadian born founder of COO Alliance. He was instrumental in building 1-800-GOT-JUNK? into a $100 million business, and also helped build several other companies including North America's largest collision repair company, the largest residential house painting company in the world, and a currency company he sold for $64 milli…
 
Jazz Pabla is the CIO and Director of Information Services for the City of Kelowna. Being in IT, he focuses most of his time on securing digital assets, and key city services and systems like water.Formerly, Jazz was a Customer Experience Manager at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Technology Integration Manager for the City of Saskatoon.On th…
 
Andrew Freedman is the Managing Partner of SHIFT Consulting, where he helps leaders think differently about employee engagement and performance. Since the dawn of his career, Andrew's aim has been to help and teams get better in one way or another.He's also an Affiliate Professor of Strategy & Leadership at the University of Baltimore, and he's got…
 
Peter J. Scott is an IT specialist and futurist who worked for NASA for over 30 years. Now, he's a coach and the author of Crisis of Control: How Artificial SuperIntelligences May Destroy or Save the Human Race, and the host of Artificial Intelligence and You, a podcast that seeks to communicate the intricacies of both the challenges and opportunit…
 
In this episode, we discuss what do we mean by systems thinking and systems planning. This is a concept that a lot of businesses can benefit from. When it comes to entrepreneurs of small and medium sizes, adopting systems thinking can dramatically change your operations. You will eliminate most of the inefficiencies and this will directly impact yo…
 
Hello everyone, Thanks for your time and energy to absorb our thoughts. We are going through a name change. Our content will not change. It will be expanded to cover more strategy topics - we will learn how to deconstruct strategy and apply it. Innovation is one of the pillars of a good strategy. However, an expanded name will give the podcast the …
 
Chui Chui Tan is the founder & Director at Beyō Global. Having originally studied industrial engineering, she went on to become a culturalization expert who has worked in user/customer experience (UX/CX) for over 14 years.Now, she helps companies like Spotify, Netflix, Marriott, BBC, and others with their international launches and expansions in or…
 
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, a boutique consulting, coaching, and training firm that empowers leaders and organizations to avoid business disasters. Throughout his career, Dr. Tsipursky has consulted for Fortune 500 companies including Aflac, Honda, IBM, Wells Fargo, and others.He's also the author of several books -…
 
Vivian Tan is the Vice President of Strategic Information Management & Global Relationships at Kaiser Permanente. She's been with KP for over 15 years, now working closely with the CFO, Chairman and CEO to provide strategic leadership for an enterprise data and analytics team in order to support, enable and advance KP’s strategy. She's also KP's re…
 
In this episode, we dig into how great companies are able to charge a premium that the customer is happy to pay. There's a very simple, clean, and straightforward process that they follow. We will discuss an amazing thing the blue bottle coffee company does. We also cover restaurants and car dealerships. The learnings will apply to other industries…
 
On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we're excited to welcome Lance Mortlock. Lance is a Senior Strategy Partner at Ernst & Young, and a Canadian Oil & Gas Industry leader. He's also a visiting professor at the University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business, and the author of Disaster Proof: Scenario Planning for a Post Pandem…
 
On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we're joined by Kelley Powell. Kelley is the CEO of the MacLaurin Group, a company that supports founders and companies as their technology operating partner. She's also the author of Courage to Lose Sight of Shore: How to Partner with Private Equity to Grow Your Business with Confidence. During…
 
Heather Younger is a former attorney and the founder/CEO of Employee Fanatix, a management consulting firm that quips companies with the intelligence they need to improve the quality of work life for their employees. On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, Heather joins us to share her experiences with big organizational change, the p…
 
Tova Sherman is the Canadian born, award-winning CEO of reachAbility, an organization that works directly with companies to build their capacity for inclusion through education, training, and consultation. She's also a TED speaker, and author of the brand new book, Win, Win, Win! The 18 Inclusion-isms You Need to Become a Disability Confident Emplo…
 
Lauren is the Director & Head of Commodities for the Financial Institutions Group at Chatham Financial, the largest independent financial risk management advisory and technology firm. Having worked internally at finance and audit organizations and externally as an advisor across the finance enterprise, she approaches leadership and the boardroom wi…
 
There's something uncanny about great sports teams. They figure out a way to get things done. There's something different about how they conduct their business. It's like wins show up for them even when they are not playing "hard". That's where the non-sports folks can draw good examples from. In this episode, we talk about how we can work on innov…
 
Brett Putter is the CEO of CultureGene, a culture development platform that helps companies transition effectively to remote work. As a passionate student of culture and an expert on culture, Brett spends his days with leaders defining, embedding and managing culture.He's also the author of two books: Culture Decks Decoded, and Own Your Culture: Ho…
 
In this episode, we will talk about journey mapping, and how you can use it to bring about interesting innovations. Whether you are making a product or services, mapping a customer's steps is one of the best ways to learn their journey. Learn what their pain points are, where you have opportunities for improvement, and what to solve.…
 
When it comes to prototyping, there is a common error all of us make. We spend a whole lot of time and energy and effort in the journey leading up to the prototype. We are so convinced in our process that we end up creating the best thing possible. However, we have a huge blind spot - the user. The after-effects of this blind spot are huge. The use…
 
Shane Metcalf is the co-founder & Chief Culture Officer of 15Five, a people and performance platform that empowers people to become their best selves, wherever they work. Named one of the top 100 software companies by G2Crowd, 15Five combines employee engagement, continuous performance management, and manager effectiveness software with education, …
 
Welcome to innovation sports and life. This is your friend Hemang. First off, an apology with all of you. I then share why I like this intersection of innovation and sports and why do I think it really applies to how we live our lives. You see, any time we are involved in intense physical activity. For example, running. I used to be a long distance…
 
Peter Provenzano is the President & CEO of SupplyCore, a leading supply chain integrator responsible for optimizing information, material, and financial flows for the U.S. military. Peter also founded MPOWR®, SupplyCore's social enterprise division that helps communities and businesses with strategy execution so they can come together, achieve outc…
 
Stephen King is the President & CEO of GrowthForce, a company that specializes in outsourced bookkeeping, accounting and controller services for companies that want to run better, grow faster and make more money. Stephen spent much of his career at Ernst & Young and Amnesty International US, and has started a couple of his own companies.On this epi…
 
Kristin Harper is the CEO of Driven to Succeed, a leadership development firm focused on brand innovation and reinvention for businesses and high achieving individuals around the world. She's also the author of Heart of a Leader: 52 Emotional Intelligence Insights to Advance Your Career.Kristin started working in Brand Management at Proctor & Gambl…
 
Tara Rethore is the CEO of Strategy for Real, and a strategic advisor who works with CEOs, executives, and nonprofits to help them take their strategy off the page and put it into action. Previously, Tara came up in the corporate world, gaining experience from all over the world in the natural gas sector.On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership…
 
Paul Katzoff is the CEO of WhiteCanyon Software, the premier provider of data erasure software for SSD, Hard Drive, & Mobile Device platforms to global organizations of all sizes. Paul originally started at the company in a Tech Support role, before coming the Manager of Tech Support and eventually switching to Sales. After a two-year hiatus from t…
 
Jeff Kavanaugh is the global head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute, the research and thought leadership arm of Infosys, one of the world’s leading consulting and technology services firms. Jeff also serves on several boards, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, Jeff…
 
On this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we were live with Robin Hills from the United Kingdom. Robin is the Director of Ei4Change, a company that delivers educational training based on emotional intelligence. Today, Robin has taught emotional intelligence skills to over 100,000 people from 175+ countries via online training.We're supe…
 
David Yetman is an award-winning business development specialist who works directly with organizations to help them grow and become resilient. David has his own consultancy called Yetman Consulting where he helps businesses create resilience and margin to ensure they're thriving in the long term. He is also studying business resilience at Harvard U…
 
Binna Kim is the Co-founder & President at Vested, a NYC-based communications agency that leads campaigns for companies at the intersection of finance, technology & innovation. With a background in marketing and communications for financial services, Binna and her co-founder set out to start Vested about 5 years ago. They wanted to lead something o…
 
Terry is an expert in board governance, policy governance, and nonprofit and association board training. With over 20 years of experience in the world of board governance, Terry is the go-to guy for board of director development in Western Canada. #BoardGovernance During our LIVE conversation from December 10th, Terry and I discussed:- The role & r…
 
Chris Ronzio is the founder and CEO of Trainual, an onboarding, training and knowledge management platform for small and growing businesses. His company replaces the traditional training manual, and gives companies the ability to tell their story and share their policies, history, culture, and vision.Chris has also founded several other businesses,…
 
Alison Van Rooy is a Senior Advisor to the President of Strategic Planning & Institutional Initiatives at Vancouver Island University (VIU), as well as a long-time policy planner for the Government of Canada. After working with the government for several years, she learned the strategic planning process is quite similar with other public sector ins…
 
Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit expert and author, having held several positions as Executive Director, Program Manager and Board member for various nonprofit organizations. She's also had success in the for-profit world, having started her own marketing agency.Sarah created PivotGround in 2014 to teach other nonprofits how to run their businesses be…
 
Greg Edwards is the CEO of CryptoStopper, a global cybersecurity firm dedicated to protecting businesses from harmful ransomware attacks. Greg started as an entrepreneur in 1998 at the age of 24, creating a networking consulting business that he still owns to this today. He then went on to start two other companies, one of which was sold to a publi…
 
Jason Richmond is the founder of Ideal Outcomes and the author of Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth. He's dedicated the last 20+ years to helping organizations of all sizes with developing both individual skills and culture, earning himself a membership with the Forbes Business Council.His book, Culture Spark, emerg…
 
Dr. Joe Sallustio is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Claremont Lincoln University, a school offering socially conscious graduate degrees. With almost 20 years in education and being named as part of the Higher Education Team of the Year in 2019, Joe brings relevant experience from an industry undergoing major change to the…
 
JP Clement is the CEO of boomtime, a word of mouth marketing agency that believes great marketing is all about data. JP was born in France and went to grad school on the American east coast before starting his journey in marketing. Along the way, he's gained experience in every area of marketing, having started in packed goods before moving to dire…
 
David White Jr. has his PhD in cognitive anthropology and is the author of Disrupting Corporate Culture: How Cognitive Science Alters Accepted Beliefs About Culture and Culture Change and its Impact on Leaders and Change Agents.Having spent much of his career as Microsoft's Director of People & Organizational Capacity, where he was the co-founder a…
 
The customer discovery phase calls for a number of approaches to understand your customers. It is important for product developers to really understand what matters to their users. Survey forms are one of the frequently used tools to capture feedback. However, they must be used in a strategic manner because there are times when they may give incomp…
 
Victoria Pelletier is a VP and Senior Partner of North American Talent and Transformation at IBM. Having started her journey very young as a 24-year old executive, she's spent her entire career working in business-to-business services at various consulting and technology companies. Along the way, she's built, bought, and invested in companies, beca…
 
Andy Goldstrom is a business strategist, growth expert, and two-time Inc. 500 business owner. Andy started his real estate company in the early 90's, where he won the business of Delta, Boeing and others while competing against larger, more experienced firms. After being bought by Johnson Controls in 2005, Andy moved on to become President of a nat…
 
John Rossman is the former Amazon Director of Enterprise Services who launched the Amazon Marketplace, the author of Think Like Amazon, an advisor to multiple companies including T-Mobile, and a member of various Boards of Advisors. With an impressive background of launching and scaling the Amazon Marketplace business and running the Enterprise Ser…
 
For this very special 75th episode on the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we have no guests. Instead, our Managing Partner and lead facilitator Anthony Taylor will share some of his most important lessons from his past ten years of experience, as well as a glimpse into the future for both himself and SME Strategy.Anthony has been facilitating strate…
 
"Most mediocre insight you see in business comes not from bad researchers or faulty techniques.. the question itself was destined to lead to mediocrity".Gunny Scarfo is the co-founder of Nonfiction Research, a market research firm that is dedicated to uncovering and understanding the uncensored lives of customers, and the information they wouldn't …
 
The best racquet sport players always prefer a certain spot. No matter what the opponent does, they try to reach their preferred location on the court. Once there, they dominate the game. Their process is very much applicable to our lives and especially in the field of product management.Hemang Shah
 
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