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Center Stage Podcast

Center Stage: The Voice of the Project Economy

Welcome to the Center Stage Podcast

The Voice of the Project Economy

Hosted by PMI Chief Customer Officer Joseph Cahill

In this podcast, PMI presents the real meaning of innovative change, focusing on the strengths of virtual teams and cross-functional project-based work. We’ll help you stay on top of the trends and see what’s ahead for The Project Economy, and your career.

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Ade McCormack headshot

Preparing Cognitive Athletes to Tackle Disruption

For the past two years, PMI has discussed gymnastic organizations that need to be adaptive and innovative to survive disruption.  This session explores how practitioners too need to become cognitive athletes, putting adaptive, creative and sensing muscles into enhanced performance.  Listen as Ade McCormack, the founder of the Disruption Readiness Institute, and Joseph Cahill explore how to prepare for an unknowable future. This podcast is full of insights focused on the post-Industrial age and 21st century talent.


Ron Young (top left) and Peter Merrill (lower right)

Creating Standards for Knowledge and Innovation Management

Peter Merrill is leading the development of the ISO Management System Standard on innovation management; Ron Young chaired the BSI Standard committee and was part of the ISO Working Group that developed the Management System Standard on knowledge management. In this episode of Center Stage, they talk with PMI Chief Customer Officer Joe Cahill about how you standardize such abstract concepts.


Jason Warnke

Digital Experiences and Technology-Enabled Transformation

In this podcast, Jason Warnke and Joe Cahill discuss the impact of digital experiences on technology-enabled transformation. Warnke serves as Senior Managing Director for Global Digital Experiences at Accenture. Digital Experiences is located within Accenture's internal IT leadership team and is responsible for driving technology-enabled experience transformation.


Dr. Rodolfo De Acutis headshot

The Power of Leadership Emotions

In this podcast, Dr. Rodolfo De Acutis, Global PMO Lead R&D at Nestlé,  and Joe Cahill discuss the leadership of emotions and the critical role of power skills for PMO and portfolio organizations.  Dr. De Acutis shares that project leaders and change makers face a range of emotional triggers when engaging with stakeholders that they will need to manage.  These triggers increase stress and can affect a project leader’s performance. He suggests a range of techniques leaders can use to reframe emotional responses, such as reflection and explaining the “why.”


Alan Richter

The Business of Ethics

In this episode of the Center Stage podcast, Alan Richter and Joe Cahill discuss ethics in business and its impact on projects and organizations. As business becomes more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, organizations must address ethical considerations both internally and externally to stay relevant and reputable. To do so, they need leaders who can navigate the complexities of ethical decision making by understanding the impact of culture on ethics and the need for inclusivity. 



Cali Williams Yost

Flexible Work Strategy

The rapid and widespread shift to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in creative and innovative solutions to how people get work done. In this podcast, PMI Chief Customer Officer Joe Cahill explores these issues with Cali Yost, the founder of the Flex + Strategy Group.


Liam Fahey

The Insight Discipline

In this podcast, we meet Liam Fahey who is the Cofounder and Partner at Leadership Forum LLC. The Forum allows intelligence and insight practitioners to learn from each other, hone their personal and professional skills, and augment their organizations’ thinking and decision capabilities.


Iain Hamilton

The Leadership of Creative Projects for Economic Development and Growth

In this podcast, Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, discusses the leadership of creative projects and initiatives. Iain is a senior leader who works with the Scottish Government’s economic development agency – Highlands and Islands Enterprise. 


Naoki Ogiwara

East Meets West: Perspectives on Knowledge at Work

Our age of global collaboration has created a profound exchange of knowledge across the world. Knowledge, however, is still local and practiced in diverse ways. In this podcast, Naoki Ogiwara, Managing Director of Knowledge Associates Japan, discuss the differences between Eastern and Western firms on knowledge. 


Sean Kelley

Talent Acquisition, Change, and Technology

Our world is one of ideas, thoughts, and technology. At the core are talented people who generate the ideas and products we desire. Sean Kelley, talent innovator, has worked across leading organizations responsible for creating this world. In this podcast, Sean Kelley is an advisor to leaders offering insights on change, talent acquisition, and women in technology.


Lili Csorba and Gavin Henderson

Coaching and Entrepreneurship

This story explores entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer and co-creating with a focus on PMI’s long-standing partnership with ENACTUS and its student teams. This episode features Lili Csorba, corporate relations executive for the ENACTUS Queen Mary student team, and Gavin Henderson, project management business advisor from the PMI United Kingdom Chapter’s London Branch.


Abhishek Gupta

Ethics, Technology, and Innovation

The podcast proposes some practical steps organizational leaders can use for developing a framework for AI ethics. Incorporating findings from the most recent The State of AI Ethics Report, Abhishek Gupta, founder of Montreal AI Ethics Institute walks us through examples of positive and negative social outcomes of AI.


David Dabscheck

Innovation to Deliver Value

In this podcast, David Dabscheck helps us explore innovation through a lens that will highlight important factors for delivering value to organizations. This includes considering the low cost environment using failure for learning and how to think about experimentation. Dabscheck is the founder and CEO of GIANT Innovation, which transforms the way organizations and people think and act to become world-class innovators.


Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu

Building Africa’s Entrepreneurs

Believing that Africa’s economic development lies in the lands of the private sector, the Tony Eluemelu Foundation (TEF) is training, mentoring and funding entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries to transform the continent. Join TEF Chief Executive Officer Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu and PMI Chief Operating Officer Joe Cahill as they explore TEF’s efforts to unleash the power of African entrepreneurship. Learn more about Tony Elumelu Foundation and the partnership with PMI at:


Peter Temes

Innovation in Large Organizations

Peter Temes, Founder and President of the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations, will be sharing insights into how large organizations innovate. In 2005, Peter founded the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations (ILO), a membership organization providing research, community, and knowledge-sharing for upper-level executives leading innovation inside multi-billion-dollar corporations. This podcast explores the innovation practices that have emerged as a result of COVID. 


Laurence Prusak

Talking about Project Knowledge

In this podcast, Laurence Prusak will discuss with PMI COO, Joe Cahill, how the most successful teams and organizations find, create, nurture, and distribute knowledge for the ultimate competitive advantage. Larry is the co-author of several of the most successful management books on this subject, Working Knowledge: How Organizations Manage What They Know, and What’s the Big Idea? Creating and Capitalizing on the Best Management Thinking.


Ricardo Vargas

The Brightline Initiative - Helping Organizations Transform

In this podcast, Ricardo Vargas shares insight on how to execute strategic intent for moving ideas into outcomes. The strategy to outcome gap is an issue that every leader must address. Dr Vargas discusses how Brightline conducts research, sponsors events, and creates content around organization transformation. The transformation compass is a system for focusing on building employee commitment and empathy with customers. It is a systematic way for “putting people at the center of the process” and for increasing workforce engagement. 


Bryan Steil

Servant Leadership in a Time of Crisis

In this podcast, Member of Congress Bryan Steil examines the importance of execution and disaster response during the pandemic crisis, ordinary citizens coming together during trying times, and American resilience in the path to recovery. Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-1), co-chair of the Congressional Future of Work Caucus, talks with PMI COO Joe Cahill about building coalitions to achieve maximum results, improving the education system in America, and readying the country for the future of work.


Nancy Dixon

Reimagining the Workplace for Engagement

Dr. Nancy Dixon is a world-renowned leader helping organizations in collective sensemaking, managing knowledge, and designing virtual learning systems. There is a revolutionary shift in workplace practices and it offers a great opportunity to replace traditional toxic workplace settings, with more healthy and productive work. Nancy offers insights on our reimagined work landscape, and how leaders can excel through practices that promote collaborative response based upon conversation.


Tom Stewart

Lessons for Leaders from Middle Market Companies

Joe Cahill and Tom Stewart discuss the trends in work with a focus on the middle market industries. The middle market companies bring revenues between US$10M and US$1B a year, and account for about 60% of net new jobs over the past decade. This conversation discusses the current challenges and opportunities for business, as well as ideas for focusing on customers.



Barry O'Reilly

Unlearn to Achieve

In this podcast, Barry O’Reilly shares the system he uses to help Fortune 500 executives and business leaders rethink their strategies, retool their capabilities, and revitalize their businesses for stronger, longer-lasting success. The best-selling author of Unlearn and Lean Enterprise talks with PMI COO, Joe Cahill, about how to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances, identify what to stop, what to keep, and what to change to unlearn, relearn and breakthrough to achieve extraordinary results.



Madelyn Blair

Resilient Leadership

Dr. Madelyn Blair is a leader, author, and researcher who has studied the factors that lead to resilient leadership. This capability is more relevant than ever before, exploring how individuals, managers and senior leaders can increase their agility. Madelyn will share perspectives with PMI COO, Joseph Cahill, about the qualities that promote excelling in a world of challenge, uncertainty, and loss.


Tom Davenport

The AI Advantage

Tom Davenport is the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management of Babson College, a Digital Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte's Analytics and Cognitive practice. His recent book is The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work.

Michael Ciannilli

The Challenge to Succeed

Michael Ciannilli is NASA’s Program Manager for the Apollo Challenger Columbia Lessons Learned Program and has worked for the administration for over 24 years, during which time he’s seen great success and great tragedy. In conversation with PMI’s chief operating officer, Joseph Cahill, he talks about how he and his teams work to enhance the efficacy of complex programs, and deliver lessons learned through inspirational projects.


Be Part of the Center Stage Podcast Club

Enjoying the Center Stage podcast?

Take the next step and be part of the Center Stage Podcast Club! This webinar series brings together guests from the podcast for thought-provoking discussions on leadership, innovation, and the future of work. 

Knowledge, Unlearning and Innovation featuring Barry O'Reilly, Larry Prusak, and Peter Temes, hosted by Tammy Ashraf.

Young entrepreneurs are making reality through new ways of working featuring members of ENACTUS UK, hosted by Tammy Ashraf.

Building resilience, creating dialogic organizations and establishing deep learning, featuring Nancy Dixon and Madelyn Blair, hosted by Tammy Ashraf.

Balancing progress and ethics in artificial intelligence featuring Dr. Wanda Curlee and Mohamed Hassan, hosted by Tammy Ashraf.