As we near episode 100 of Future Squared before the lights go dim on 2016, I took the time to listen back and reflect on the insights that my many amazing guests have shared.
These guests have come from all walks of life. Be they successful entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, corporate innovators, lauded academic professors, economists, philosophers, political strategists and personal disruptors, each of my guests has brought unique and compelling perspectives on not only innovation and entrepreneurship, but on how they manage their lives in order to get the most out of every day.
Regular listeners will know that I ask every guest three questions during the episode closing ‘lightning round’, one of which pertains to these very rituals and routines that guests partake in on a daily basis to stay on top of their games.
I thought it would be of value to unpack these insights and distill them into a convenient, solitary blog post for you lucky readers. I hope will give you a buffet of habits to pick and choose from as you set sail for another year. If only one of these rituals or routines brings you one step closer to achieving your personal and professional goals in 2017 then my work here is done.
In separate forthcoming posts, I will address the software tools used by my guests to ramp up productivity as well as learnings pertaining to innovation and entrepreneurship!
But first, some key themes uniting the rituals and routines of my guests:
So without further ado, I bring you, in alphabetical order, the rituals and routines of guests who appeared on Future Squared in 2016!
Note: If the insights below pique your interest then listen to any of the episodes below simply by clicking on the guest’s name.
CEO and Founder of Northwest Passage Ventures and co-author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Underlying Technology of Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.
Founder of Choose2Matter and author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom.
Director of Corporate Innovation at 500 Startups.
Author of The Sharing Economy and Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Founder of LeanStack, author of Running Lean, Scaling Lean and creator of the lean canvas.
Author of The Most Human Human and Algorithms To Live By.
Author of Age Of Discovery, two-time Governor General's Medallist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School
Founder of XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy, co-founder of Boardthing, a collaboration platform for distributed teams and co-creator of the Culture Map
David is the international best-selling author of "Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity"; "Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life"; and "Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life".
Eric Almquist is a partner in Bain & Company’s Boston office. He is a leader in Bain's Advanced Analytics practice and a member of the firm’s global Customer Strategy & Marketing practice. Eric co-authored the acclaimed HBR article, The Elements of Value.
Gary A. Bolles is the co-founder of eParachute, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area-based startup focused on helping job-hunters & career changers, inspired by the best-selling career book of all time, “What Color Is Your Parachute?”
Author of Sprint and creator Google Venture’s sprint process. Jake has run more than a hundred sprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X.
Author of the newly released book Pivot, and previously Life After College which was based on her blog of the same name) Jenny helps leaders, employees and entrepreneurs achieve greater clarity, engagement, fulfillment and impact.
Co-author of Sprint and design partner at Google Ventures (GV). Before joining GV, he was a design lead at YouTube and an early employee of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007.
Co-author of Design a Better Business, experienced strategy consultant and business designer who is responsible for the Business Models Inc. office in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA USA.
Co-author of Clayton Christensen's new book, Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice” and former editor at Harvard Business Review.
General Manager of App Development and DevOps at the Australian Stock Exchange.
Co-author of The Future Workplace and co-curator of ‘The Future Workplace Network', a membership community for HR executives to come together in person and virtually.
Head of innovation at Sportsbet, Australia’s largest online bookmaker with $117M operating profit / 79.4 million pounds in 2015. Leslie also founded InsideInnovation.co, Exertack and GetViable.
28-year old co-founder and strategic director of Buzinga App Development, Australia’s leading app development company building meaningful, game-changing apps for emerging tech businesses and innovative enterprises.
Vice President and Principal Strategist at Spigit with 12 years of innovation management, market insight analysis and business strategy experience in the financial services sector.
Author of An Extraordinary Time and The Box. An economist and historian specializing in business and finance. He was formerly finance and economics editor of The Economist and worked as an economist for 10 years at JP Morgan in New York.
Author of Amazon bestseller Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking, as well as four previous, award-winning books: The Laws of Subtraction (2012), The Shibumi Strategy (2010), In Pursuit of Elegance (2009), and The Elegant Solution (2006).
Managing Director of Techstars London.
Co-founder of online marketing tools Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics.
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm. Parag's latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016).
Head of Entrepreneurship at Singularity University as well as SU Labs, its accelerator program which grows startups that are focused on tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.
He is a #1 Amazon best-selling dating and relationships author.
Through his project and innovation management professional services firm, Think For A Change, Paul delivers educational, thought-leadership, coaching and consultation capabilities. Paul also founded the Innovation Management Group on LinkedIn.
Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on organizational storytelling. He’s a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and author of the books Sell with a Story, Parenting with a Story, and the bestseller Lead with a Story already in its 8th printing and available in 6 languages around the world.
Wizard of Moz. He's founder and former CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing software companies Moz, an online marketing platform that is worth more than US$120M.
Co-author of How To Be a Great Boss.
Author of Matchmakers and Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management Emeritus and Professor of Economics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Co-founder of Minds at Work, William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at Harvard University and co-author of An Everyone Culture.
Founder of ViSalus Sciences, author of Nothing To Lose and Everything To Gain and Rock Bottom to Rock Star.
Godfather of Silicon Valley, founder of eight Silicon Valley startups, professor of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and father of the customer development methodology which birthed the lean startup.
National Director of Learning for Education Changemakers
Author of Emotional Agility, psychologist on faculty at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology.
Leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist and evangelizer of the term ROR: Return on Relationship.
Author of Disrupt Yourself and Dare, Dream, Do. Co-founder of Rose Park Advisors alongside Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion.
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