Managing for Innovation, with David Burkus

David Burkus joins us for this episode of The Innovation Engine to talk about corporate management and how some of the world’s leading organizations are working to upend business as usual for their employees, and in so doing for their customers as well.

Among the topics we discuss are why you’re likely to get better results by being employee-centric rather than customer-centric, how scrapping performance reviews has helped companies like Adobe reach new heights, and what the org chart of today should look like.

David Burkus is the author of the just-released book Under New Management: How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual. He’s an assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership. David is also the founder and host of Radio Free Leader, a podcast that shares insights on leadership, innovation, and strategy.

Episode Highlights

Among the highlights of this week’s episode are:

  • We talk about some mind-boggling stats about email in the workplace, including this one: more than 108 billion emails were sent and received every day in 2014
  • David shares his thoughts on why annual performance reviews do very little to improve performance and can be detrimental to employee morale
  • We break down an interesting statistic that Google uncovered based on a careful review of their hiring process – after 4 interviews, they had an 86% chance of making the right hiring decision, with additional interviews only adding 1% more certainty

Listen to the Episode

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Show Notes

Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

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