Identifying New Ways of Working

Center Stage Podcast

The Voice of the Project Economy, Hosted by PMI COO Joseph Cahill

Center Stage podcast: The Voice of the Project Economy

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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Latest Episode - The Leadership of Creative Projects for Economic Development and Growth with Iain Hamilton

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. At the core of his work is a successful global project, XpoNorth, a unique event bringing together the creative and tech sectors to explore opportunities, identify trends, and find new business opportunities. XpoNorth attracts delegates from around the world ranging from multi-nationals to micro-businesses. Due to COVID-19, it has transformed to a digital community with lessons to be learned for all leaders. This is a conversation about the human element, digital capacity, networks, and the creation of economic value when business and government collaborate. 

East Meets West: Perspectives on Knowledge at Work with Naoki Ogiwara - Season 2 Episode 5

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, Mr. Naoki Ogiwara, Managing Director of Knowledge Associates Japan, will discuss the differences between Eastern and Western firms on knowledge. Naoki discusses with PMI COO, Joe Cahill, the latest trends in knowledge within organizations and the vital role of collaboration and knowledge assets. He explains the importance of “ba” (creation of spaces and places) for learning. Naoki also discusses the need for integration between operational standards and innovative approaches. 

Talent Acquisition, Change, and Technology with Sean Kelley - Season 2 Episode 4

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. Sean has served as a leader in Amazon as Director Talent Acquisition, Microsoft, Starbucks, and the US Naval Academy. He is currently working on issues related to finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, veteran’s transition and employment in technology industry, and diverse representation in the technology field.

Coaching & Entrepreneurship with Lili Csorba and Gavin Henderson - Season 2 Episode 3

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.

ENACTUS is a community of student, academic, and business leaders taking entrepreneurial action for social impact to create a better world.  ENACTUS has over 72,000 students across the globe who are entrepreneurial, values-driven social innovators representing 1,730 campuses in 36 countries who positively impact the lives of 1.3 million people each year.

PMI enables partnerships between PMI Chapters and ENACTUS national chapters to provide project management mentors to student teams.  PMI is also a sponsor of several ENACTUS national competitions.

Ethics, Technology and Innovation with Abhishek Gupta - Season 2 Episode 2

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the human-technology interface, the value proposition of products and services, and the future of work. This technology, like others, can advance positive or negative social outcomes, but often, the associated ethical considerations are considered lastly if at all. This episode of Center Stage explores a range of the ethical implications as the use of AI in business applications from credit scoring to autonomous vehicles explodes. The podcast also 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, and Joe Cahill walk us through examples of design and use cases that reflect that dichotomy of positive and negative social outcomes.

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Innovation to Deliver Value with David Dabscheck - Season 2 Episode 1

David Dabscheck is the founder and CEO of GIANT Innovation, which transforms the way organizations and people think and act to become world-class innovators. David has led hundreds of innovation projects and workshops with leading organizations from a broad range of industries, including Citi, ExxonMobil, Roche, Columbia University and Siemens Energy. He is an active social innovation entrepreneur, having created several start-ups. David is the founder of the Innovation Leaders Round Table, a regular gathering of over 200 executive and senior-level innovation practitioners. In this podcast, David 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. 

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Episode 11 with Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu & Joseph Cahill

Believing that Africa’s economic development lies in the lands of the private sector, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is training, mentoring and funding entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries to transform the continent. TEF recognizes that project management makes ideas reality and is a key contributor to achieving the Foundation’s goal of one billion in economic growth and one million jobs across Africa within 10 years.

Join this inspirational discussion with 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. They cover a range of topics from channeling passion to drive business success, improving access to knowledge and skills, leveraging technology, and mentoring. They inspire listeners to embrace this vision for transforming African communities and improving quality of life.

Learn more about the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the partnership with PMI.

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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. 

The first Podcast Club webinar featured Barry O'Reilly, Larry Prusak, and Peter Temes in a discussion on Knowledge, Unlearning and Innovation, hosted by Tammy Ashraf. It is now available on-demand.

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Review Highlights from the first Podcast Club in this Insights report. 


Register for the next Podcast Club webinar on 19 January 2021, featuring representatives from the Tony Elumelu Foundation and ENACTUS UK discussing how young entrepreneurs are making reality through new ways of working. 

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Episode 10 with Peter Temes & Joseph Cahill

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. There is also a presentation of innovation practices that still matter. Peter discusses the importance of business-model innovation, secular innovation, promoting unexpected leaders.

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Episode 9 with Laurence Prusak & Joseph Cahill

We are living in a project economy where products, services, and ideas are developed through the global exchange of knowledge. However, what are we talking about when we talk about working knowledge?

In this podcast, Laurence Prusak will discuss 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.’ Larry discusses with PMI COO, Joe Cahill, how working knowledge is very different from data and information. He will also discuss how organizations capitalize on effective knowledge and why knowledge is profoundly social.

PMI community members can access 2015 PMI Pulse of the Profession report: 'Capturing the Value of Project Management Through Knowledge Transfer’ featuring Larry Prusak.

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Episode 8 with Ricardo Vargas & Joseph Cahill

According to numerous studies transformation risk is the greatest concern for leaders. The ability to connect ideas with results is the focus of Brightline.

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.

PMI community members can access information and content from the Brightline Initiative.

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Episode 7 with Representative Bryan Steil & Joseph Cahill

Good governance requires great project management. This is amplified in times of crisis and recovery.

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. Sharing examples from Rep. Steil’s experience in the manufacturing sector, as a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and most recently as a federal legislator, the conversation explores how projects are the foundation for delivering value across the economy.

PMI community members can access Rep. Steil’s official Congressional site and campaign site.

Follow Rep. Steil on Twitter at @RepBryanSteil.

Episode 6 with Dr. Nancy Dixon & Joseph Cahill

Dr. Nancy Dixon is a world-renown 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. Her current research, and executive consulting, focuses on virtual work and conversation practices that help employees and organizations to shape the actions, values, goals, and direction for sustained success. This focus takes us toward a belief in the “ wisdom of the collective.” Such a term highlights the shift in work, one where organizations are flatter, teams are self-governing, and there is an emphasis on inclusive and diverse strategies for agility, conversation, and knowledge exchange. This reimagining of work is taking place while we are simultaneously learning about making collaboration work through virtual technologies. Nancy will offer insights on our reimagined work landscape, and how leaders can excel through practices that promote collaborative response based upon conversation.

Episode 5 with Tom Stewart & Joseph Cahill

Joe Cahill and Tom Stewart discuss the trends in work with a focus on the middle market industries. This is the sector with the greatest opportunity for growth and innovation. The middle market companies bring revenues between 10M and 1B a year, and account for about 60% of net new jobs over the past decade. This middle section is an extraordinary group of organizations where you get scale and resilience. They represent a critical resource for work, innovation, and learning lessons about new ways of working. This conversation discusses the current challenges and opportunities for business, as well as ideas for focusing on customers.

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Episode 4 with Barry O’Reilly & Joseph Cahill

Good leaders know they need to continuously learn, but great leaders know when to unlearn the past to succeed in the future.

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.

PMI community members can access Barry O’Reilly’s recent report on why Scaling Innovation Means Descaling Work

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Episode 3 with Dr. Madelyn Blair & Joseph Cahill

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 in the face of our volatile and uncertain world. Madelyn is an award-winning author who will share perspectives with PMI COO, Joseph Cahill, about the qualities that promote excelling in a world of challenge, uncertainty, and loss.

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Episode 2 with Tom Davenport & Joseph Cahill

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. He is the author (most recently, The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work) and co-author of over 20 books and more than 200 articles, with a focus on the impact of information technology on people and organizations. 

Episode 1 with Michael Ciannilli & Joseph Cahill

Michael Ciannilli joins PMI's chief operating officer, Joseph Cahill. 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 – including the destruction in flight of the space shuttle Challenger. Michael talks about how he and his teams work to enhance the efficacy of complex programs, and deliver lessons learned through inspirational projects.