Boss Level Podcast

Boss Level Podcast Podcast

Boss Level is a podcast on people and organizations aiming for the boss level. Boss level is the status a person or an organization achieves by making a better quality of life for themselves and others by doing what they need to do regardless of all the haters and obstacles out there.

John Seddon on Agile, the most dysfunctional management fad there is
An interview with John Seddon, the inventor of 'The Vanguard Method' and managing director of Vanguard consultancy company. The Vanguard Method is a way of helping organizations move from command and control towards systems design. In this episode we talk about Johns new book: 'Beyond Command and Control'. We also continue on topics we discussed previous time John was guest on Boss Level. Links for the episode: Vanguard Method What is the Vanguard Method? John Seddon explains (video) John on Wikipedia Lin...

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Timo Lappi on shaking up traditional industries
An interview with Timo Lappi, CEO of Heltti and Co-Founder of Fondia. Links for the episode: Heltti Fondia Timo on Twitter Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/podcast/boss-level/id1041885043 Website: http://www.bosslevelpodcast.com Sami Honkonen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SamiHonkonen Sami's website: http://www.samihonkonen.com Sami's blog: http://...

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Aaron Dignan on Brave New Work
An interview with Aaron Dignan, the author of Brave New Work. Links for the episode: Brave New Work Aaron on Twitter Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/podcast/boss-level/id1041885043 Website: http://www.bosslevelpodcast.com Sami Honkonen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SamiHonkonen Sami's website: http://www.samihonkonen.com Sami's blog: http://blog.s...


Jeff Gothelf on sense and respond
My guest is Jeff Gothelf, the co-author of Sense and Respond, Lean UX and Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking. Links for the episode: Jeff's website Jeff on Twitter Mirette's blog post on Yle Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/podcast/boss-level/id1041885043 Website: http://www.bosslevelpodcast.com Sami Honkonen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SamiHonkon...

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Cliff Hazell on going beyond cargo culting
Links for the episode: Cliff on Twitter Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/podcast/boss-level/id1041885043 Website: http://www.bosslevelpodcast.com Sami Honkonen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SamiHonkonen Sami's website: http://www.samihonkonen.com Sami's blog: http://blog.samihonkonen.com...

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Sami Honkonen and the future of this podcast
This is not a regular episode. This one is special. This is an update. And this update holds the future of the podcast. Links for the episode: http://www.dias.fi http://www.tomorrow.fi Helsingin Sanomat Yle Uutiset Kauppalehti Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/podcast/boss-level/id1041885043 Website: http://www.bosslevelpodcast.com Sami Honkonen on T...


Jussi Markula on Teal organizations
My guest for this episode is Jussi Markula, a teal mentor, a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of the Teal Finland community. In his daily work at Prominda, Jussi facilitates the exploration of new paradigms in organizations. Idea of a Teal organization was introduced by Fredrick Laloux in 2014 in his book, called Reinventing organisations. The book walks through the evolution of human organizational paradigms and then discusses the most advanced one to date, dubbed Teal. Jussi helps us delve a little...

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Barry O'Reilly on enabling a culture of experimentation
My guest for this episode is Barry O’Reilly, who’s one of the authors of Lean Enterprise that discusses how high performance organisations innovate at scale. What’s especially interesting to me about Barry’s experience is that he’s worked a lot with large organisations. He’s for example the founder of ExecCamp, where he takes executives to retreats lasting up to 8 weeks, and helps them disrupt their own businesses. We talk about how organisations can transform their culture to support experimentation and be...

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Gary Hamel on strategies and bureaucracy
My guest for this episode is Gary Hamel, one of the biggest names in the field of strategy. Gary started working with strategy in the beginning of the 1980’s and has since released a bunch of groundbreaking articles and books on the topic. For example, the terms strategic intent and core competency were popularized by him and his colleagues. We talk about what makes strategies successful, how hierarchies affect organizations and what Gary thinks about bureaucracy. There is also a new segment introduced in t...

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Eeva Vilkkumaa on decision making
My first guest for the seventh season is Eeva Vilkkumaa, Assistant Professor at the Aalto University School of Business. She studies decision making and resource allocation at companies and public organizations. We talk about how companies can develop mathematical models to support their decision making. Eeva emphasises the importance of co-creation when building decision making models. She thinks that if people are not involved on building the model or don't understand the principles behind the model, the...

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Kaisa Hietala on changing the oil industry
My guest for this episode is Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at Neste. Neste currently makes half of its profits from renewable products and the shift towards this state has happened in the the last 10 years. We talk about changing the oil industry from the inside out. What have been the most important lessons Kaisa has learned during her years at Neste? What has the journey of developing a renewable product line been like? Has the transformation to using renewable products bee...

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Leyla Acaroglu on designing a sustainable future
My guest for this episode is Leyla Acaroglu, who calls herself sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist. She has developed the Disruptive Design Method, an approach to design-led social change. In Boss Level Podcast, we've often talked about systems thinking, but mostly in the context of organizations. With Leyla, we're going to take a look at systems on a much bigger scale: we talk about the systems that sustain life on earth and how we can use design to make our life on earth more sustainable. ...

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Troy Hunt and Have i Been Pwned
My guest for this episode is Troy Hunt, well known security expert and creator of haveibeenpwned.com. It's a service which allows you to check, whether your email has been leaked as a part of a data breach. We talk about online security, including securing your accounts and using a password manager. We also discuss about privacy and compare our thoughts on social media platforms, messaging applications and encryption. What kind of trade-offs people should make to be more private? What is a pragmatic stand...

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David Allen and Getting Things Done
Today's topic is personal productivity and my guest is David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. Getting Things Done - often referred to as GTD - is a time management method, described in a book of the same title. It helps you capture all the stuff floating around in your brain, process it into your next actions and projects and then just get them done. The method has significantly improved productivity of probably millions of people. I read the book roughly 10 years ago and have since applied it pretty m...

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Björn Wahlroos on leading organizations
My guest for this episode is Björn Wahlroos, one of the most influential businessman in Finland. He's currently the chairman of the board at Sampo Group, Nordea and UPM-Kymmene. We talk about Björn's background in academia, his defining moments, his current roles, sleepless nights, self confidence and leadership. Björn is known to have pretty strong opinions, and he doesn't exactly hold back in expressing them. Listen to the episode and tell us what you think! Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://ee...

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Joshua Kerievsky and Modern Agile
My guest today is Joshua Kerievsky, the CEO of Industrial Logic, a Modern Agile consultancy. He has also started the Modern Agile community and has been a prominent figure in the agile community since the early days. His background is in software, but through his experience in agile methods, he has worked on a much broader range than just the software. We walk through some of Joshua's history and talk a bit about how that came out in the form of Modern Agile community. We'll finish with a topic of curiosity...

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Annu Nieminen and The Upright Project
My guest for this episode is Annu Nieminen, the CEO and founder of The Upright Project. We talk about Annu's work history at McKinsey and Kasvuryhmä and about Annu's newest project, The Upright Project. Currently we measure companies using mainly financial indicators and, obviously, that’s just one piece of the pie. The Upright Project is trying to fix that and is working on building ways to measure the impact of companies more holistically. Basically they’re hoping to create a set of metrics for the compan...

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Christopher Avery and The Responsibility Process
For this episode, my guest is Christopher Avery, the man behind The Responsibility Process. The Responsibility Process is a model to help you recognize unproductive mental states and help you take responsibility. I learned about The Responsibility Process from Christopher roughly 7 years ago and it has stayed with me since. It’s one of my go-to tools personally and I often use it with teams. We discussed about how one can learn to use The Responsibility Process and how it is useful model for both individual...

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Teemu Arina on biohacking
My first guest for the season is Teemu Arina. Teemu is a biohacker, a technologist, an entrepreneur and he was recently selected as Public Speaker of the Year in Finland. We talk about biohacking and the science behind it. And we talk about how biohacking strives for balance instead of maximising performance in all areas of life. Sponsor links: Neuroleadership: https://neuroleadership.fi/ Kevytjuridiikka.fi: https://kevytjuridiikka.fi/ Links for the episode: Teemu on Twitter Biohacker’s handbook Biohakke...

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Markku Kulmala on earth systems
My guest is Markku Kulmala. Markku is one of the most prominent scientists in the world in the field of atmospheric and earth system sciences. At University of Helsinki, he leads a research group that has more than 35 published papers in journals Nature and Science. Markku is the person you want to learn from on the topic of climate change research. We talk about how they do their research, what their initial results show and how they’re hoping the results help humankind fight climate change. Sponsor link: ...

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Henrik Kniberg on going climate neutral
For this episode, my guest is Henrik Kniberg. Henrik is a prominent figure in the agile community. If you’ve seen the video on Spotify engineering culture, that video is created by him. He has also authored several books on agile. Henrik is also one of the early guests of the the podcast and the previous episode we did was about two years ago. Back then we discussed Henrik’s agile coaching work at Lego and Spotify and how he helped his kids win a robot battle against experienced programmers. But now, recen...

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Leila Janah on extreme poverty
Today Boss Level Podcast is covering one of the biggest problems in the world, poverty. My guest is Leila Janah who runs two companies aimed at helping the extremely poor by giving them work. One of her companies, Samasource, provides digital work in developing countries, and the other, LXMI, is an organic and fair trade skin care brand employing women. In addition to talking about businesses, we discuss how companies can measure impact. Sponsor link: Gofore: http://www.gofore.com Agile42: http://www.agile...

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Bjarte Bogsnes and Beyond Budgeting
I’m interviewing Bjarte Bogsnes. Bjarte is one of the key people behind the adaptive management model called Beyond Budgeting. If there’s one person you want to learn about Beyond Budgeting from, it’s Bjarte. Bjarte is one of the key people who have been leading Statoil’s journey from traditional corporate budgeting to a completely new management style. Along the way, he’s authored books on the things he has learned. What’s good to know before we get started is that despite the name, Beyond Budgeting is not...

Harri Valpola on third generation artificial intelligence
This is my interview with Harri Valpola. Harri is the CEO of Curious AI, a Helsinki-based 20 person startup that’s aiming to build a general artificial intelligence. Now that’s a pretty bold goal when Facebook’s head of AI research just recently said that in terms of general intelligence, we’re not even close to a rat. Harri is a respected researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He knows his stuff. The previous company he founded, ZenRobotics, builds robots so that’s pretty cool too. We talk abo...

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Bengt Holmström on incentives and transparency
Today’s guest is Bengt Holmström. Bengt is Finnish, but he’s spent the last 40 years living in the US. Currently he’s a professor of economics at MIT. Bengt was recently awarded the Nobel prize in economic sciences together with his Harvard colleague Oliver Hart for their contribution to contract theory. Essentially, Bengt has spent decades studying incentives and trying to figure out how to design better incentive structures. This has been a recurring theme on the podcast so I’m sure you can appreciate how...

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Hilary Mason on machine learning
Today’s topic is machine learning and I’m talking to one of the brightest minds in the field, Hilary Mason. She’s the founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company. She also advises startups through Accel, a prominent venture capital firm. If you’re interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this episode. Sponsor link: Valuemotive: http://www.valuemotive.com Links for the episode: Hilary Mason on Twitter Cloudera Fast Forward Labs Accel...

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Troy Magennis on forecasting and risk management
While I was in Australia in June to keynote the Agile Australia conference I had the privilege to interview Troy Magennis. When I first heard Troy speak at a conference years ago I remember how impressed I was with his deep understanding of the mathematics involved in forecasting. After listening to this episode I think you’ll be equally impressed. Troy is the founder of Focused Objective, a consultancy that helps companies with forecasting, portfolio planning, risk management and metric selection. We talk ...

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Katri Saarikivi on empathy in digital communication
My guest today is Katri Saarikivi. Katri is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Helsinki. She studies empathy in digital environments. Essentially she’s trying to figure out how we could better express ourselves in digital conversations. Sponsor link: Finitec: http://www.finitec.fi Links for the episode: Katri Saarikivi on Twitter Tomorrow Labs is hiring Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter....

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Sara Öhrvall and the impact of digital technologies
Today, I’m chatting with Sara Öhrvall. Sara is the Co-founder and Senior Advisor at Mindmill Network. Mindmill helps companies understand how digital technologies impact their business. Before Mindmill Sara was the Senior Vice President of R&D at the Bonnier Group. Sara sits on several boards. For example, she’s on the board of SEB, a Nordic corporate bank and Investor, the leading owner of Nordic-based international companies. She also writes a column for Dagens Industri, which is the financial daily of S...

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John Seddon and freedom from command and control
John Seddon is the inventor of The Vanguard Method. The Vanguard Method is a way of helping organizations move from command and control towards systems design. Seddon is the author of books such as Freedom from Command and Control and The Whitehall Effect. He’s currently working on a book titled Beyond Command and Control. Seddon’s work has provoked a lot of thought and has significantly deepened my understanding of how organizations function. We talk about organizations as systems, value and failure demand...

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Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Flattr and Njalla
Today's guest is Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Flattr and Njalla. The Pirate Bay is an online index of digital content often used for sharing copyrighted material such as movies, TV shows or music. The Pirate Bay is possibly one of the world’s most resilient websites, since the authorities have been trying to take it down for more than a decade and yet it’s still running. Since The Pirate Bay Peter has worked on several things, such as Flattr, a way of making micropayments to content creators a...

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Tim Hwang, the busiest man on the internet
For this episode I sat down for a chat with Tim Hwang. Tim has been labeled by Forbes magazine as the ’Busiest Man on the Internet’. First, he started ROFLcon, which stands for Rolling On the Floor Laughing Conference. It was a conference that studied internet culture through memes. After ROFLcon, he founded The Awesome Foundation For Arts And Sciences. The foundation’s sole aim is to promote awesomeness in the universe. It has donated over 2,5 million dollars to various projects through grants. The foundat...

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Risto Siilasmaa, the paranoid optimist
My guest today is Risto Siilasmaa. Risto is first and foremost an entrepreneur and a paranoid optimist. He’s the founder and former CEO of cybersecurity company F-Secure. His current role in the company is Chairman of the Board. Risto is also Chairman of the Board at Nokia. He took on the role in 2012 when Nokia was in a very difficult situation and actually one topics we discuss is how he came to accept the offer. We start off with Risto’s programming background, then move on to the early days of F-Secure ...

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James Hewitt on well-being and knowledge work
Start of the new, fourth season! My first guest for this season is James Hewitt. James is the Head of Science and Innovation at Hintsa Performance. He’s a sports scientist and performance coach searching for fresh perspectives and new approaches to enhance the performance of people, products and projects. We talk about the Circle of Better Life, which is a model that covers all the important aspects of well-being. We talk about the science behind the methods they use and new and interesting research in meas...

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General Stan McChrystal and a Team of Teams
As is suitable for the season finale, I have a very special guest. I’m interviewing retired four-star general Stan McChrystal. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates described McChrystal as "perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat”. McChrystal took command of an elite military organization, Joint Special Operations Task Force, and transformed it from a rigid hierarchy to a network of autonomous teams. The teams were encouraged to act autonomously as long as their actions served the purpose ...

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Sari Baldauf and decades of lessons on leadership
My guest is Sari Baldauf. Sari was selected as the most influential female executive in the year 1998 by Fortune magazine. In 2002 the Wall Street Journal named Baldauf as Europe's most successful female executive. Sari joined Nokia in 1983 and held several executive positions there. From 1998 to 2005 she was the General Manager of Nokia’s Networks business. She sat on the Executive Board of Nokia from 1994 until January 2005. In the end of 2004 she resigned from Nokia for personal reasons. Since then she’s...

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Joshua Spodek and seven years of burpees
In this episode I’m interviewing Joshua Spodek. He teaches leadership at New York University, has a PhD in astrophysics and does burpees everyday. I think that’s a pretty amazing one line description for anyone. His book Leadership Step by Step will be released in a couple of weeks. We talk about his principles for getting things done, his routines, his views on leadership, and we do a five minute walk-through of his book. We end the interview with some empathy and book recommendations. Sponsor link: Everv...

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Akiko Naka and finding a job you love
My guest is Akiko Naka. She is the CEO of Wantedly, a Japanese social recruiting platform with 1,2 million monthly active users and a 100 employees. She’s passionate about helping people find work they love doing. We discuss her bold career moves, Wantedly’s business, decision making in organizations and strategies for finding a job you love. Sponsor link: Evervest: http://www.evervest.com/bosslevel Links for the episode: Akiko Naka on Twitter Wantedly Photo of recording setup at Slush Links for the pod...

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Aral Balkan and ethical design
If I’m concerned about privacy, my guest today is probably ten times more so. Aral is an activist, a designer and a software developer. He’s one of the founders of Indie, a tiny social enterprise working for social justice in the digital age. He’s also the man behind the Ethical Design Manifesto. We talk about Aral’s view on the evolution of computing, current business models of cloud services and venture capital. We cover the Ethical Design Manifesto and its implications on the software we build. Sponsor l...

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Jim Benson on Personal Kanban, Lean Coffee and collaboration
An interview with Jim Benson, the creator of Personal Kanban and Lean Coffee. We delve into Personal Kanban, which is an approach to dealing with the overload of stuff you need to deal with. We dig into into its two simple rules, visualizing work and limiting work in progress. We then walk through Lean Coffee, which is a simple and effective way to run your meetings. In the end we discuss Jim’s lessons on collaboration from his years in working to improve it in organizations. Sponsor link: Kisko Labs: htt...

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Simon Wardley and his strategy maps
On this episode I’m interviewing Simon Wardley and we’re talking about Wardley maps, which are Simon’s method for co-creating strategy with visual and context-specific maps. Sponsor link: Siqni: http://www.siqni.fi Links for the episode: Example of a Wardley map Simon Wardley on Medium Simon Wardley on Twitter The Toaster Project Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itun...

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Will Evans and the propensity towards dispositionality
My guest for this episode is Will Evans. He’s the Chief Design Officer at PraxisFlow. We talk about New York, entrepreneurship, company culture and major transformation programs. Sponsor link: Siqni: http://www.siqni.fi Links for the episode: Will Evans on Twitter PraxisFlow Interview with Dave Snowden Interview with Jabe Bloom Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes...

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Stephen Bungay and strategy under uncertainty
Today my guest is Stephen Bungay. Stephen is the author of The Art of Action, a book on strategy execution under uncertainty. The book draws from lessons learned in military organizations where they’ve had to deal with complex situations 200 years before businesses needed to. I personally always cringe a little when I hear people talking about military leadership in the context of knowledge work, but Stephen knows where to draw the line of applicability, and that’s actually one of the topics we discuss. We ...

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Dominique Turcq and augmented management
The interview you’re about to hear was recorded in Paris, France. I interviewed Dominique Turcq. Dominique is a French consultant and researcher who wants to help companies get ready for the future. We talk about upcoming technologies, endless beta culture, individual evaluation systems, his lessons from McKinsey, and many other topics. We also cover his book, Augmented Management, which looks at the trends companies should be aware of and the skills that individuals should develop to be better equipped to ...

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Alf Rehn on innovation, management and ball shaving
For this episode my guest is Alf Rehn, a professor of management from the Åbo Academi University. When appointed, Alf was the youngest chair in Finland. Now after more than ten years on the job he has gained a wealth of knowledge especially on the topic of innovation. In addition to his academic endeavours Alf sits on boards of several companies, for example Veikkaus, the Finnish gambling monopoly. Alf thinks we’re spending our innovation resources on the wrong things. We’re inventing gadgets when we should...

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Martti Malmi and the hype of blockchain
In 2009 Satoshi Nakamoto released bitcoin, a peer-to-peer digital currency. Bitcoin is based on the concept of a blockchain. The blockchain makes bitcoin decentralized. So that means money moves from one account to another without banks in between. Now that’s huge. Regardless of whether you see bitcoin as a viable currency the technology underneath it is impressive to say the least. My guest today is Martti Malmi who was the first after Satoshi to start working on bitcoin. He’s also the co-founder of MONI, ...

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Esko Kilpi and the value of wine and interaction
Today’s guest is Esko Kilpi. During previous interviews at least three of the guests have asked me if I know Esko since we’re both from Finland. Esko has created quite a following for himself through his blog posts and his talks on the future of work. We discuss how value is nowadays created in networks through interaction. How the experience and the context are key elements in value creation. And how selling should not be seen as a single transaction, but as a continuous mutual learning process. We then ex...

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Jabe Bloom and design thinking for organizations
Today’s guest is Jabe Bloom. A few years ago, he walked in to the Carnegie Mellon University library, approached the Design section and picked up a book starting with the letter A. His plan is to keep reading until he gets to Z. His definition of design is “the intentional formation of a purposeful system”. He says science has no intention towards the future, but design does. Links for the episode: Jabe on Twitter PraxisFlow Links for the podcast: Mailing list: http://eepurl.com/P0dpf Facebook: https://...

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Lori Schwanbeck and creating world peace through mindfulness
Today’s guest is Lori Schwanbeck. Among other things she’s one of the teachers of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which started out as Google’s internal program to teach mindfulness. So the topic for this episode is mindfulness. Why has Google embraced it? How are they embracing it? What’s the research behind mindfulness? What is mindfulness and how can I get started? Links for the episode: Lori on Twitter Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Pomodoro technique Headspace Calm Sami's ba...

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Melissa Perri and applying common sense to product management
Today’s topic is product management and lean startup. My guest is Melissa Perri. When I asked around for tips on who to interview while in New York her name came up frequently. I’ve met her at several conferences and knew her to be an expert on product management. I was sure we’d have a fun chat so I reached out and she agreed to sit down for an interview! We talk about how to get from business requirements, which often aren’t really requirements at all, to validated learning. We discuss validation, experim...

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Nilan Peiris and the culture of growth at TransferWise
For this episode of Boss Level I took the ferry over to Tallinn to visit the office of TransferWise. TransferWise is creating a fast and cost-effective way of sending money from a country to another. It’s valuation in its previous round of funding was close to a billion. The way they operate is inspiring. Teams have a Key Performance Indicator or KPI that they try to improve. The KPI’s are as customer-facing as possible. How the teams improve that KPI is totally up to them. And just to make it even more com...

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Aaron Dignan and organizations that need to be irritated
I'm visiting New York and interviewing Aaron Dignan, the founder of a company called The Ready. We discuss the future of work and complex, adaptive systems. We try to figure out why cities thrive when they grow and why companies don't. In the end, we reveal the formula for the next unicorn startup. Links for the episode: Aaron Dignan on Twitter The Ready Links for the podcast: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosslevelpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/bosslevelpod iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fi...

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Jari Sarasvuo and his troubled relationship with technology
Today we have a very special guest. Jari Sarasvuo. Jari first became known for his work in radio and TV. Then in 1990 he founded a company called Trainers’ House that delivers management consulting and training for executives. Jari is still one of the biggest owners of Trainers House, but he now has a new endeavour, called Stronghold. Stronghold caters to a broader audience with a combination of digital and face-to-face trainings. Our talk covers Jari’s Twitter mania, his troubled relationship with technolo...

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Linda Liukas and her whimsical way with technology
The first guest for the second season of Boss Level is Linda Liukas. She’s changing the world by helping kids learn technology. Her TEDx talk is just about to reach a million views. We discuss learning, education, writing and technology. A word of warning though, her enthusiasm is pretty infectious. Enjoy. Links for the episode: Linda on Twitter Linda's TEDx talk: A delightful way to teach kids about computers Hello Ruby Rails Girls Montessori education Links for the podcast: Facebook: https://www.facebo...

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Håkan Forss and the Toyota Kata metaprocess
This episode is about the simple, but powerful concept of Toyota Kata and how it’s applied at the gaming company King. I’m interviewing Håkan Forss, an agile coach, working for King in Stockholm. This episode is the end of Season 1 of Boss Level. The next episode will be out on the 14th of March 2016. Links for Sami's band Embreach: Embreach on Facebook Embreach on Twitter Embreach on Spotify Periscope: @embreachband Links mentioned in podcast: Sami's blog King Håkan Forss Mike Rother: Toyota Kata on Ama...

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Jos de Blok and the revolutionary homecare company Buurtzorg
10 000 employees. No managers. Great results. Founded in 2006 Buurtzorg has taken the home care industry in Holland by storm. It has a lion’s share of the market. Clients rate Buurtzorg as 9.1 out of 10. Buurtzorg has been selected as the best place to work in Holland 5 times in a row. This is an interview with the CEO and founder, Jos de Blok. Jos de Blok on Twitter Recent blog post on Buurtzorg My colleague Panu Liira on Twitter...

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Henkka Hyppönen and why we fear
Most people fear snakes. A lot of people fear public speaking. Some companies are lead with fear. Why do we fear? What is fear? When is fear harmful and when is it beneficial? Henkka Hyppönen, today’s guest, is an expert on fear. He recently wrote a book about it called “Why we fear”. At the end of the episode, I’ll tell you how you can win a free copy of the book. Links for the episode: Henkka Hyppönen website Henkka Hyppönen on Twitter Why We Fear on Amazon Why We Fear on iBooks Jon Franklin: Writing for...

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Kathrine Kirk and when happiness fails you
Today’s guest is Kathrine Kirk, an independent consultant who often finds herself working with conflict-ridden teams that are deemed hopeless. She gave an interesting keynote at the Lean Agile Scotland conference on why team happiness might not be a good thing to aim for....

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Dave Snowden on complexity theory and astrology
Today’s guest is Dave Snowden. Dave is the man behind Cynefin, a decision support framework that’s based on complexity theory and cognitive science. In addition to Cynefin we discuss strategy, budgeting, performance targets and other important management concepts. Dave also shares research that shows which is more accurate in predicting human behavior: Myers-Briggs personality types or astrology. Cynefin illustrated Cynefin on Wikipedia Cognitive Edge SenseMaker Honorary Professorship for David J Snowden H...

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Henrik Kniberg and how to help your kids win robot battles
Today my guest is Henrik Kniberg. Henrik is well known for his books and for his work with Spotify, Lego and many others. Henrik works through Crisp, a Swedish consultancy that has published their company DNA online. The DNA consists of all the essential principles, processes and agreements with which the company operates. We discuss the unorthodox organizational model at Crisp, Henrik’s work with his clients, and how his kids, aged 10 and 11, won a robot battle against teams of professional programmers. H...

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BONUS: Mikko Hyppönen and how to use your pet's name as a password
This a special bonus episode on online privacy. I’m talking to Mikko Hyppönen, the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. Mikko is geek who has over the years become a security celebrity. We discuss privacy, tracking, Reddit, TED and viruses. Mikko on Twitter F-Secure F-Secure Labs Blog Freedome Mikko's AMA on Reddit Mikko's TED Talk: Fighting viruses, defending the net Hacker News Hackers & Painters on Amazon Morris Worm on Wikipedia Password manager on Wikipedia Social engineering on Wikipedia...

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Niklas Modig and how moving in with your girlfriend is like landing a spaceship
An interview with Niklas Modig, author of This is Lean. This episode is a neat package of insights on lean. Here’s a few questions you should be able to answer after this episode if you listen close: What is lean? What is resource efficiency? What is flow efficiency? Why is flow important? How can we increase flow? And even if you already know the answer to those questions there’s plenty of great examples and bits of wisdom to learn from. Niklas Modig on Twitter Photo of Niklas Modig and Justin Timberlake ...

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Nilofer Merchant, a recovering business executive
This episode is an interview with Nilofer Merchant. She was in Helsinki speaking at the Nordic Business Forum 2015 a few weeks back. She’s an author of two books, she has received the Future Thinker award from Thinkers 50. Nilofer also has a popular TED talk and she’s a writer for publications such as Harvard Business Review. Links for this episode: Nilofer's 1st book: 11 Rules for Creating Value In #SocialEra (2012) Nilofer's 2nd book: The New How (2014) Nilofer's TED talk: Got a meeting? Take a walk. Tea...

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Simon Marcus and his swedish overlords at Spotify
An interview with Spotify's VP of Operations, Simon Marcus. We discuss the concept of a minimum viable company, how Scrum and Kanban are a gateway drug and who should do the thinking in organizations. Regarding Spotify we cover the hierarchy in the company and how the chapters, tribes and squads model is essentially just a matrix with fancy names. Links to the podcast: Website iTunes Twitter Facebook Host: Sami Honkonen Links to stuff mentioned in the episode: Person: Simon Marcus Company: Spotify Person...

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Introduction to the podcast
An introduction to the podcast Learn more about the host: http://www.samihonkonen.com/ Learn more about Reaktor: http://www.reaktor.com...

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