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Six Pixels of Separation Podcast - By Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel

62 episodes

Oct 25, 2020

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...

Oct 18, 2020

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 RevolutionTeach 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... 

Oct 11, 2020

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...

Oct 3, 2020

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...

Sep 27, 2020

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...

Sep 20, 2020

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...

Sep 13, 2020

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...

Sep 6, 2020

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...

Aug 30, 2020

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...

Aug 23, 2020

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...