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Corporate Strategy

Satirical self-help lovingly shared by two millennial tech industry vets. Engineering, sales, marketing, product management, and custodial services cover it all in 30 minutes or less. Coffee not provided.

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115. It's Overwhelming
Chasing fluency in Japanese and Chinese taught me that mastering a language—or any complex skill—is a marathon, not a sprint. This episode peels back the curtain on the dedication needed to conquer new tongues and the subtle dynamics of workplace communication that go beyond the mythical "10,000-hour rule." Join me as I revisit my own journey with language learning, unpack strategies for decluttering mind-numbing schedules, and dive into the impact of pressing pause on the email and meeting frenzy that often overwhelms us post-vacation.Have you ever felt the crushing weight of an unbearable workload or the frustration of constant priority shifts? I've been there, and in this episode, I open up about the startup life, where rapid context switching is part of the daily grind. We explore the fine art of acknowledging when we're stretched too thin and why sometimes failing to meet expectations can pave the way to a career path more aligned with our values and mental well-being. Plus, we navigate through the choppy waters of managing sudden work interruptions that can throw your day into chaos, offering strategies to keep your head above water and even thrive amidst the madness.In a world where who you support and who supports you can make or break your career trajectory, we spotlight the strategic importance of backing the work of colleagues we respect. I share candidly about leaning on trusted work alliances and how this reciprocity can fast-track our climb up the corporate ladder. By the episode's close, you'll have a fresh perspective on balancing tactical task management with the necessity of a strategic vision for a rewarding professional journey, all while admitting that sometimes, those productivity books are best served in summary form.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
50:13 4/1/24
114: Take a Vacation
Ever found yourself nodding along to a friend's tales of misdiagnosed ailments or dietary no-nos? That's where Bruce and I, Clark, kick off our latest chat, taking you through the maze of life's unexpected twists. We swap stories of health hiccups and embracing acceptance, sharing how we've learned to juggle the worry balls life tosses our way. And since laughter's the best medicine, we even find time to chuckle over our shared love for the show "Andor" while on the mend.But it's not all medical charts and chicken soup; the tech world is buzzing, and so are we. We're dissecting the groundbreaking news of the first human Neuralink implant – the stuff of sci-fi is our reality, folks. Imagine controlling devices with a mere thought! However, it's not all about the wow factor; we ponder the ethical implications of such technology and whether we'd willingly become cyborgs for convenience. Plus, we're digressing into how nanotech could change our sensory experiences and maybe, just maybe, make vacation planning a breeze.Speaking of which, who hasn't returned to a monstrous email pile post-vacation? We've been there, done that, and are ready to share our battle tactics for managing work-life balance. From setting boundaries and out-of-office messages to the sweet satisfaction of finding your team's kicked goals without you, we're dishing out tips to make sure your time off is actual time off. Tune in for advice, anecdotes, and good humor as Bruce and I navigate the balancing act of work, wellness, and the wonders of technology.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
45:11 3/25/24
113: Office v Remote v Hybrid, The Future is Unclear
Ever wondered how ditching your morning espresso could turbocharge your routine? Bruce and Clark, your guides to the maze of corporate strategy and personal well-being, are on hand to spill the beans on that—and more. We'll traverse the terrains of health, caffeine, and their influences on our work lives, sharing our very own trials and triumphs. From stomach woes to the elation of a caffeinated Clark, we dive into the world of self-experimentation and share a secret article from Business Insider with our Discord community members.Strap on your debate helmets as we grapple with the trendiest battle in today’s workplace: remote vs. in-person work. How does true productivity bloom, and can face-to-face collaboration really be replaced? We explore the hybrid model's promise as a beacon of balance in the work environment, and question the enduring equation of office presence and professional triumph. Prepare for an exhilarating ride through the corporate real estate landscape, and discover why the future might just be in the flexibility of where we work.As our episode winds down, we don't just predict the future of work; we imagine it with you. The crystal ball is clear—happiness and job satisfaction are the new productivity fuel. We consider the lure of living near loved ones and the draw of affordable cities while pondering company policies that could keep top talents thriving. And while we may have ventured into 'Rambo nonsense' territory, rest assured, it's all in the spirit of reimagining the world of work. So, join us. It's more than a conversation; it's a journey to the heart of corporate evolution.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
40:49 3/11/24
112: Everything You Need to Know About Being a Manager Feat: Danny Yonkers
When you step into the shoes of a manager, it's like playing a new position on a familiar field; the game looks entirely different. Join us for a candid conversation with Danny Yonkers, author of the humorously titled "And then I pooped my pants: Stories and lessons for new managers," as we uncover why tackling leadership is less about climbing a ladder and more about mastering a whole new skill set. We share war stories on the frontline of management, from the challenge of letting go of underperforming employees to the triumph of seeing them succeed elsewhere, highlighting the hard-earned lessons that shape effective leaders.Ever felt like you've taken a role that's a square peg for your round hole? You're not alone. This episode digs into the nitty-gritty of setting expectations, building a team culture based on accountability, and the fine art of defining success across diverse roles. Bruce shares insights from his own leadership journey, emphasizing the importance of mentorship and the sometimes surprisingly light-hearted touch needed when steering a team through serious issues.We wrap up with a heart-to-heart on the joys and tribulations of leadership, the legacy we leave through mentoring, and the bittersweet task of encouraging team members to spread their wings and fly into new opportunities—even when it means saying goodbye. We also tackle the dilemma faced by reluctant managers thrust into leading because of their technical expertise. Danny shares a personal tale from his Marine Corps days that drives home the power of goals and the magic of teamwork. Buckle in for an episode that's as much about growth and legacy as it is about the messy, marvelous world of managing people.Danny's Book:And then I pooped my pants: Stories and lessons for new managersEverything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
44:57 3/4/24
111. Making Project Management Productive
Ever found yourself reminiscing about those startling back-to-school transformations and longing for a simpler time? Let's embark on a journey through the corporate realm's promises and pitfalls, where the quest for balance often leads to an overflowing inbox rather than nirvana. Together, we'll chuckle at the irony of the corporate ladder, share in the anticipation of a break from the hamster wheel, and invite you to find solace in the shared experience of navigating the hectic pace of professional life.Navigating the tech talk minefield can feel like learning a new language, but relax—we're your translators, demystifying the latest trends. From the overhyped buzz of artificial intelligence (yes, ChatGPT, we're looking at you) to the tangled web of quantum computing, we strip away the jargon and explore the true essence of these technological marvels. We also unravel the complexities of microchip technology, paying homage to the power of understanding the tools that shape our digital destiny.When chaos reigns in project management, we seize the reins with strategies that turn pandemonium into productivity. Discover how visualizing your workflow can transform your approach to complex systems, and why sometimes letting a system fail is the secret ingredient to fostering groundbreaking change. With tales of teamwork that's more like herding cats and communication that keeps the symphony in tune, we gear up for next week's adventures—just be sure to check if you're on mute before we touch base again!Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
50:46 2/29/24
110: Mentorship (feat. Alex Restrepo and Sterling Wilson)
Embark on a journey through the intricate landscape of mentorship as we bring you insights from our very own Alex Restrepo, steadfast champion of capitalism, and Sterling Wilson, the innovative mind behind a recent tech startup sensation. Our discussion delves into Alex's well-deserved promotion and the new challenges on his horizon, while Sterling divulges the excitement enveloping his entrepreneurial venture. The heart of our conversation beats to the rhythm of mentorship's profound influence, unraveling the ways in which the right guidance can illuminate paths for those navigating the corporate and tech mazes.Discover the art of forging impactful corporate mentorships as we share strategies tailored for both the wallflowers and the social butterflies of the professional world. Our exploration takes you through organic connections and structured corporate programs, underscoring how these bonds fuel career propulsion and personal development. We also spotlight the digital era's take on mentorship, where platforms like Discord become the new meeting rooms for mentors and mentees, emphasizing the beauty of learning and growing together in a reciprocal dance of knowledge and experience.The conversation takes a nuanced turn as we distinguish between the immediacy of coaching and the strategic depth of mentorship, offering a beacon for those seeking the right kind of guidance to illuminate their career paths. We contemplate the signals that herald the need to reassess a mentor-mentee relationship and discuss the upcoming collaboration with Instant Mentor, designed to widen pathways to invaluable advice. Join Alex and Sterling as they underscore the lifelong impact of mentorship and the universal truth that success is a collective achievement, never a solitary conquest.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
39:50 2/8/24
109. A Day in the Life of Clark
Have you ever wondered if your voice has the power to hypnotize? Bruce and I, Clark, certainly did, and we couldn't resist discussing the captivating effect a unique timbre can have in our latest conversation. Beyond the chuckles and playful debate on vocal prowess in politics and podcasting alike, we also shared a collective sigh over the year's swift passage. It's a tale of two dudes pondering the mysterious case of the missing January, our personal anecdotes adding color to the universal wish for just a bit more time in our days.Retirement looms and work never seems to slow down, a topic Bruce and I tackle with a mix of morbid curiosity and humor. The tech revolution promised us leisure but delivered a doubled workload, and we find ourselves weighing the price of our days against the fantasy of financial freedom. Could you put a price on a day of your life? It's a whimsical yet poignant conversation that ends with me musing over future grandkids gathered around, hopefully enthralled by more than just my voice, as I recount the good ol' days.Finally, we get real about the nitty-gritty of corporate life, sharing strategies for productivity that go beyond the typical 9 to 5 grind. From my morning fitness rituals to Bruce's tactics in managing teams and cutting through the monotony of office culture, we don't shy away from the challenges of leadership and the quest for that elusive work-life harmony. Tune in to discover the surprising ways we tackle the daily hustle, dodge the burnout bullet, and keep our teams—and ourselves—from becoming another cog in the corporate machine.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
40:14 2/5/24
108. A Day in the Life of Bruce
Ever found yourself chuckling at the absurdities of airline travel or the tightrope walk of work-life balance? Join us, Bruce and Clark, as we swap tales from the corporate trenches and share strategies to conquer the chaos. We're not holding back; from the unpredictable thrills of business trips to the West Coast to juggling jet lag and dietary dilemmas, we're peeling back the curtain on the not-so-glamorous side of working on the go.As we steer through the labyrinth of airline loyalty programs, we question whether the pursuit of status is a fool's game for the casual traveler. Our conversation takes a sharp turn into the evolving culture of alcohol consumption among different generations, before we tackle the thorny issues surrounding the EU's Digital Markets Act and the potential ripples it could create in app development and consumer choice. Who knew a chat about app distribution could be as gripping as your favorite thriller? Well, buckle up, because we're also forecasting the trajectory of wearable tech and how it could shift our digital landscape.Wrapping up with some heart-to-heart moments, we dive into the art of maintaining sanity amidst the daily grind. From crafting a morning routine that doesn't start with the dreaded alarm to the art of conducting meetings without losing your soul, we've got anecdotes and advice aplenty. And don't miss our playful debate on handshake etiquette—because in our world, even the smallest interactions are up for discussion. So, whether you're a startup maverick or a seasoned business traveler, take a seat at our table and let's navigate this wild ride together.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
60:02 1/29/24
107. Be Better
Ever questioned the quirky origins of phrases like "cut your teeth"? Prepare to have your mind tickled with linguistic trivia, as we explore the unexpected roots of corporate speak and how it reflects our personal and professional growth. Our Corporate Strategy family welcomes Chief Podcast Topic Submitter Officer Squid Boy, celebrating his contribution to the whirlwind of discussions we share. Plus, we've got a life hack for Discord users that will change the way you manage those overwhelming notifications.From examining the bold choice of livestreaming layoffs to candidly sharing the trials of parenting, we traverse a broad spectrum of real-life experiences. We break down the viral impact of corporate transparency and the ongoing pursuit of gender equality in the office. Our guests share personal tales, from Bruce's airport antics to navigating awkward social scenarios, and we collectively query the evolving landscape of workplace interactions and the power of the words we choose.Join us as we dissect the culture of inefficient meetings and the art of concise communication—because no one enjoys a meeting that should've been an email. Armed with anecdotes and a dash of humor, we're here to guide you through improving your professional practices for a more respectful, honest, and efficient work environment. And remember, always keep your belongings close, your humor closer, and your Discord notifications under control.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
61:26 1/22/24
106. Cracking the C-Suite
Ever been called terse in a professional setting? I sure have, and it sparked quite the contemplation about corporate communication and emotional baggage. That's why we kick off our latest episode by dissecting the term and its implications in the workplace. But it's not all seriousness; we veer into a hilariously peculiar airport encounter that'll make you reconsider the definition of personal space. Through these tales, we examine generational divides and the often comical reality of human behavior in public spheres.Climbing the corporate ladder can seem like a game of strategic chess, so we delve into the qualifications and pathways to those elusive C-suite roles. With CES 2024 insights and AI innovations up our sleeves, we contrast the vibrant startup culture with the calculated moves within corporate giants. Listen in for a dose of reality on MBAs, industry expertise, and the paradox that is the CEO position, served with a side of debate on whether internal promotion trumps external hiring for top executives.Wrapping up, our episode takes an unexpected turn towards the lighter side of authority – caped corporate overlords and mentorship memes, anyone? We celebrate the growth of our Discord family and the vibrant discussions unfolding within. Join us, CEO Clark and Bruce, for a heartfelt thanks to you, our listeners, and a reminder to keep life's juggling act manageable. You won't want to miss the fun, insights, and occasional oddities in this wild ride of an episode.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
74:56 1/16/24
105. The Autonomy and Challenge...Challenge
Ever wonder if there's ever a wrong time to chase after new horizons? We kick off with a tale about a peculiar woodchuck that somehow spirals into a lively discussion on the art of embracing change and seizing the moment to set goals that truly resonate with you. Alongside that, we dive into the realities of working through holidays and how critical it is to snatch those precious days off to rejuvenate. The startup world is no joke, and we navigate the tightrope walk of fostering team spirit while keeping a lid on the sensitive info that could spill the beans too early.Let's face it, the workplace is a complex beast, and we're pulling back the curtain on the elusive creature that is psychological safety. Is there such a thing as too cozy a workplace? We explore whether comfort could be the kryptonite of high performance in certain job scenarios. Shifting gears, we share insights from our own career paths, discussing the challenges of maintaining autonomy as companies expand and ponder over how to find that sweet spot of satisfaction when the corporate world starts to feel like a straitjacket.We wrap things up by dissecting the trials and tribulations of product management and the balancing act of keeping your team on track while your eyes are on the tech horizon, like AI's promising future. The conversation moves to the pivotal role of feedback and personal values in the quest for employee satisfaction and retention. To top it all off, we lighten the mood with our game "What Do You Mean?" and extend an open invitation to continue the banter on our Discord channel. Join us for a journey that's as informative as it is entertaining, with the occasional meme for good measure.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
52:19 1/8/24
104. 2024 Go Away, CACC is Here to Stay
As Bruce and I, Clark, wrap up the tumultuous journey of 2024, we invite you into our candid conversation where revelations about money's true worth and personal well-being unveil the art of balance. The year's been a teacher, showing us that bigger paychecks don't necessarily fill the happiness quotient, and we're eager to share the unexpected lessons learned. Venture with us beyond the festive facade and into the heart of what truly matters, as we dissect the intricate dance of financial security and the quest for a life filled with purpose and joy.The global stage set an unpredictable scene this year, with healthcare hurdles and work-life conundrums at the forefront of our collective minds. Bruce and I navigate through the high-stakes terrain of the U.S. medical system and the ripple effects of China's middle-class boom on our own economy, without holding back on our speculations and insights. Meanwhile, the workplace sees a seismic shift with Gen Z's 'great negotiation', and we muse over the peculiar prophecies of 'The Simpsons', exploring the boundaries of technology's ever-growing influence on our everyday lives.Rounding out this year's reflection, we return to our CACC framework—culture, autonomy, challenge, and compensation—that's become our compass in the realm of job satisfaction. Tracing our experiences and the wisdom gained, we tussle with the nuances of leadership and the stable yet sometimes monotonous nature of compensation. And because we love to mix profundity with play, we cap off with our cherished game show segment, decoding memes with a dash of humor. So, join us as we laugh, learn, and look ahead to the changes on the horizon.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
63:09 1/1/24
103. A Corporate Carol
Amidst the holiday frenzy, have you ever stopped to ponder the delicate dance of managing work stress and personal well-being? As flu season collides with year-end deadlines, our latest episode serves up a heartening blend of humor and resolve. We swap tales of seasonal ailments and overfilled calendars, contemplating the need for a new tradition—perhaps updating resumes by the fireside—to remind us of our pursuit for a healthier work-life harmony.Reflect with us on the past year's shifting American consumer patterns and Chick-fil-A's operational choices, all through the lens of our podcast's milestones. Joining us in this celebration is Alex Restrepo, who sparked our most riveting dialogues on late-stage capitalism, while contributions from Squid Boy and Keelan Austin shed light on the nuances of corporate culture. We're brimming with excitement for the year ahead, teasing plans for our Discord community and video content ventures, and a nod to our future forays into merchandise, inviting artistically inclined listeners to play a part.As we wrap up for the holidays, we embrace the rare corporate kindness of a Christmas break, sharing how we navigate the complexities of time off and unexpected work emergencies. Our exchange is kept merry and bright, steering clear of cynicism as we extend festive wishes to you, our listeners. Tune in for an episode that's as much about candid work-life chatter as it is about fostering a welcoming community, filled with the joy of memes—even if we can't show them to you.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
46:40 12/25/23
102. There's Always Room for Self Improvement
Ready to tackle the question of emotional intelligence and its impact on your work life balance? We come together in this engaging chat to explore everything from personal sleep patterns to the art and science of emotional intelligence. Using our unique perspectives and experiences, we delve into the concept of open-mindedness and self-reflection, highlighting how these key traits can affect our efficiency and overall performance at work. Do you struggle to manage the ever-increasing demands of a bustling work environment? We've got you covered! We discuss the challenges that come with the territory and share advice on everything from task management to mastering time efficiency. We also get real about meeting dynamics and communication, offering insights on maintaining productivity amidst workplace negativity. And if you're grappling with the nuances of a hybrid work environment, we've got some thoughts on striking that delicate balance between friendliness and effectiveness.Finally, we'd like to take a moment to appreciate you, our listeners. Your engagement fuels our passion and inspires us to deliver the most compelling content. We encourage you to share this treasure trove of corporate strategy wisdom with your friends and colleagues - after all, knowledge is wealth! Stay tuned for our next episode; we can't wait to reconnect and continue this insightful journey together.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
55:16 12/14/23
101. Late Stage Capitalism 2: Electric Boogaloo
Linke to documentary mentioned in this ep: https://youtu.be/yjpYzFtxfjU?si=Gi0KpKzfJoEqu_lP Hold on tight because we're about to untangle the complex web of capitalism with our seasoned capitalism correspondent, Alex Restrepo. Ever wondered how the world of finance and economics influences your daily life? Get ready for an insightful exploration of the current economic landscape, the looming threat of inflation, and the potential strategies that the US might implement to dodge a hard recession. We're diving headfirst into the often misunderstood concept of late-stage capitalism, and Alex is here to defend the tenets of free market capitalism, guided by the wisdom from Adam Smith's seminal work, The Wealth of Nations.We're not stopping there, though! We'll take a journey through time, examining the fascinating parallels between the Gilded Age and our current era. We'll explore how the meteoric rise of technology and AI has amplified wealth inequality, and how this mirrors the societal shifts during the Gilded Age. We'll also look back at the evolution of the American economy from the early 1900s to the late 1960s, a period marked by the "middle class boom." Delving into the critical roles played by worker rights, labor movements, and influential factors like the GI Bill, we will discuss the need for political pressure and the importance of finding common ground to spearhead change.But it's not just about understanding the problem, it's about creating solutions and sparking change. And that's where you come in. We'll discuss the importance of having critical conversations, spreading awareness, and educating others to bring about meaningful change. We'll also take an entertaining detour to talk about the power of memes in communication, and how our Discord channel uses them to keep the conversation going. Our goal is to emphasize the need to move beyond unproductive discussions and nurture a sense of unity to effect change. So, are you ready to reshape the conversation on capitalism? Let's do it together, one episode at a time.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
43:17 12/4/23
100: This Could Have Been an Email... Again
Who knew emojis could become the language of a podcast? Welcome to our centennial milestone episode of Corporate Strategy podcast, where we've used emojis to do the talking! As we reminisce our shared experiences over Thanksgiving and query about striking the right work-life balance, we also navigate through several diverse and stimulating topics. Curious about brain implants or frustrated with Apple's messaging standards? Well, you won't want to miss our engaging conversation revolving around these and the trust we put in the FDA approval process. We then rekindle our classic debate, pitching meetings against emails, drawing examples from Sam Altman's Open AI situation. Agile methodologies, enhancing communication strategies, and improving project management are also on our discussion plate, all aiming to showcase how a productive work culture can be built and sustained.And as a special treat, we have our guest, Restrepo, joining us in our Discord community where we will exchange thoughts on late-stage capitalism and much more. So, gear up for an enlightening blend of corporate strategy insights, a dash of humor, and thought-provoking discussions in our 100th episode. Let's continue to learn, laugh, and grow together in this extraordinary journey.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
63:17 11/28/23
99. Making Meetings Better Part 2 MOAR MEETINGS
Ever wondered how a weekend recap can turn into a stimulating discussion about trends in artificial intelligence, micromanagement in the workplace, and financial planning? Join your hosts, Bruce and Clark, as they take you on a journey from casual chitchats to thought-provoking discussions. A must-listen for all tech enthusiasts, we explore the potential of building custom GPT models for your data with OpenAI's Dev Day and how it can revolutionize the way we process information.This episode isn't just about tech, we also get personal and discuss essential workplace dynamics. From the value of weekly team meetings where we share lightning talks to the delicate balance between micromanagement and recognition, we leave no stone unturned. We dive deep into the significance of individual priorities and key metrics, and how they can shape the productivity of a team. We highlight the importance of team shoutouts and recognition, and why it's crucial for managers to set clear expectations for their employees.As we near the end, we navigate the complexities of budget allocation and the importance of cross-functional collaboration. We shine a light on the potential pitfalls of underspending and how to be a budget hero by completing projects under budget. We also emphasize the value of meeting engagement and how anonymous feedback can drastically improve future meetings. Lastly, we explore the merits of efficiency and collaboration in the workplace, and how to make the most of the tools at your disposal. Join us for this rollercoaster episode - an eclectic mix of tech, the workspace, and personal banter.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
63:23 11/20/23
98. Making Meetings Better Part 1
Ready for a deep-dive into the mindset of Gen Z employees, AI's role in marketing, and the secret recipe for a collaborative team environment? This episode is just the ticket. We start by pulling back the curtain on why Gen Z workers are avoiding promotions, and it's not about the money. It's about the need for support, clear career trajectories, and a sense of fulfillment. Breaking the traditional corporate ladder climbing, we shed light on how these factors are reshaping the way businesses strategize for growth and retention.We then shift gears to AI's role in marketing. Our candid conversation takes on the ethics of recruiters asking candidates to work for free, and the potential and limitations of generative AI in content creation. We share insights on why, despite technological advancements, the human touch remains indispensable for quality content. We also provide tips on hiring Gen Z talent, emphasizing the importance of meeting their unique needs and expectations.Finally, we tackle the art of fostering effective team collaboration. From debunking the effectiveness of forced icebreakers to promoting meaningful meetings, we unearth strategies that promote genuine camaraderie and engagement. We talk about the importance of recognizing individual achievements, sharing knowledge, and improving processes for a collaborative environment. And, we don't shy away from discussing team roadblocks, the role of product updates, and the best way to approach company events. So, buckle up and join us in this enlightening conversation that promises to change your perspective on workforce dynamics and team collaboration.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
44:48 11/10/23
97. Consulting
What's the future of jobs in an AI-dominated world? We're diving headfirst into that question, inspired by none other than Elon Musk's dire warnings about AI rendering human labor redundant. As we grapple with the thought of a world with virtual intelligence, we delve into what it could mean for society if the majority of jobs became obsolete, and how that might redefine not just our economies, but us as individuals.Picking up the thread on AI, we shift our focus to its application in the gaming universe, specifically Bethesda's Starfield game. We're exploring the dynamic interplay of humans and AI, challenging the notion that AI will replace us. Instead, we propose a future where AI is a tool that amplifies human potential, helping us achieve more than we ever thought possible. Finally, we're offering some candid insights into the consulting field - a career path that's as challenging as it is rewarding. If you're a young go-getter contemplating a move into tech consulting, we've got some hard-earned advice for you. We're also drawing a comparison between financial advisors and consultants, exploring the implications of a mostly youthful consulting workforce. To wrap it up, we're talking corporate strategy, unionization, and the importance of finding work that fuels your passion. Prepare for a wild ride through this thought-provoking conversation.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
40:59 11/6/23
96. New Format, No Time
Ready to challenge the status quo? Discover why tech staff are striking over a return to office, and how unions are playing a crucial role in this shift as we embark on our first of many discussions about the latest happenings in the corporate world. We also take you through the emerging hybrid work situations, their perks, and the underlying challenges – and as a bonus, we reveal some strategies to manage your work-life balance, especially if you're in a cross-time-zone role.Ever wondered how the tussle between CMOs and CEOs impact corporate decisions? Curious about the implications of EU's data collection practices on Meta and the litigation between Mark Zuckerberg and the Irish data privacy commissioner? We've got you covered. In our deep-dive, we unpack these issues and more. We also share our thoughts on Apple's controversial switch to USB-C and Simon Sinek's perspective on the role of CEOs in the modern corporate world. Plus, we question if C-level executives truly understand customer needs and ponder over the future of an ad-free, subscription-based model for Meta apps. Tune in to join the conversation and gain insights into the intricate world of corporate strategy.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
26:30 10/31/23
95. Are Certifications Worth It?
Feeling under the weather? Don't worry, so is our co-host, Clark! This episode packs a punch, blending together the unlikely mix of illness, horror movies, and workplace certifications. We're sorry for the delay in delivery, but when one host is 90% virus, things can get a little chaotic. Now, Clark might be battling a cold, but it doesn't stop him from sharing his thoughts on the latest AI developments, our mutual love for hair-raising horror flicks, and the controversial concept of a limb-chopping hero story. Ever wondered if certifications are your golden ticket to success in the corporate world? Squid Boy and Individual Contributor have! So, we decided it was high time we addressed this ongoing debate. While Clark and I are in agreement that certifications can be advantageous, especially if your company foots the bill, we don't view them as an essential element of success. And yes, we also share how certifications could give your resume's SEO a nice little boost!But we don't stop there. Our curiosity piques as we further delve into various IT certifications, including those from Cisco, AWS, and CompTIA Linux Plus. We believe that certifications can play a pivotal role in climbing the corporate ladder, especially if your chosen field is tech-oriented. So, if your company offers to pay for them, why not grab the opportunity? Let's unpick the world of certifications, their relevance in the fast-paced tech industry, and how they can help future-proof your career. Don't forget to tune in for our unique blend of tech talk, movie madness, and the latest on Clark's health, only on our podcast.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
33:11 10/23/23
94. AI in the Driver's Seat: Giving Rise to Robotic Executives
Prepare to have your mind blown as we unravel the untold story of a Polish drinks company that dared to navigate uncharted waters by employing an AI-powered robot as its CEO. Yes, you read that right! We delve into the intriguing complexities of this gutsy move, exploring what prompted their decision, and teasing apart the ethical dilemmas it raises. We also draw parallels to the uncannily similar scenario from the TV show Silicon Valley. Strap in for a riveting exploration of how technology is not just reshaping our world but also challenging and redefining traditional notions of leadership.As we venture deeper into this surreal AI-driven landscape, we then shift gears to consider the broader implications of AI CEOs in the business world. Can innate human biases hamper sound decision-making, and could an AI leader be the panacea? We take a leaf from Nintendo's book, a company that dared to gamble in a doomed industry and emerged victorious. Would you be open to working under an AI CEO? We stir up this conversation on our Discord and invite you to join in. Wrapping up, we express our heartfelt gratitude to you, our listeners, delve into the trials of corporate strategy, and mull over the possible perils of an over-reliance on AI-driven decisions. Catch all this and much more in this thrilling episode. Don't forget to subscribe for an ad-free experience!Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
19:01 10/9/23
93. Understanding the World of Unions: With Labor Lawyer Keelin Austin
Have you ever wondered about the complexities of labor unions and collective bargaining agreements? In this captivating discussion with Keelin Austin, an in-house labor and employment attorney, you'll be taken on a journey to understand the inner workings of unionized workplaces better. We delve into the pivotal role of the National Labor Relations Act and take a closer look at how unions get their start. Keelin provides valuable insights into when it might be time to think about starting a union and the positive impact it can bring.Buckle up as we investigate the intriguingly controversial 'Right to Work' laws and their effects on unions and individual workers. Keelin shares his views on the pros and cons of union membership, discussing everything from collective negotiation and job protection to financial cost and the often contentious issue of seniority-based wage scales. Unions are complex entities, and we delve into the realities of ensuring equality when it comes to raises and promotions – it's a discussion you won't want to miss.As we reach the conclusion of our enlightening discussion, we ponder the potential benefits and drawbacks for companies with a unionized workforce. Keelin helps us understand the integral role unions play in safeguarding employee rights, preventing exploitation, and facilitating dispute resolution. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of how to move forward with unionizing a workforce and where to find support for such a significant initiative. Whether you're an employee, entrepreneur, or HR professional, this episode will give you a comprehensive understanding of labor unions you can't afford to miss.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
34:04 10/2/23
92. More Best Tips To Survive in the Corporate World Part 2: EVEN MORE TIPS!
Have you ever walked into work to find HR at your desk, and wondered if it’s time to update your resume? We've been there too. Welcome back to another episode with your hosts, Bruce and Clark, where we dissect the corporate world and offer survival tips for navigating office politics. We start off with the often intimidating arrival of Human Resources in the workplace, and why it might be a cue for you to polish up your CV. Moving on to the early stages of your career, we share insights on how to embrace challenging work to turbocharge your skills. Instead of seeing learning as a grueling process, we encourage you to view it as an opportunity to better yourself. Remember, a job that tests your abilities while aligning with your values is worth its weight in gold. And when it comes to interpersonal dynamics in the office, understanding motivations and mastering the art of 'agreeing to disagree' are key tools for success.Rounding off our discussion, we delve into personal expression and social media usage in the corporate sphere. We can't stress enough - if a post could raise eyebrows, it's probably best kept private. It's about maintaining professionalism while being authentic. We'll also explore how to balance power structures in a way that fosters respect for all. So tune in as we navigate the choppy waters of the corporate world together, reminding you at every step that being true to yourself is the ultimate power move.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
48:46 9/25/23
91. How to Survive in the Corporate World? 30 Best Tips Part 1: The Tips
Squidboi has thrown down the gauntlet, and we are parsing through this massive list of sometimes great, sometimes questionable tips for newcomers to corporate. Go with us on this journey. Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
47:04 9/18/23
90. How To Get a Raise or Quit Your Job Trying
Asking for more money isn't easy. Getting it is even harder. This episode is dedicated to all those who deserved a raise but got snubbed by the man. Get that ched y'all. Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
31:12 9/5/23
89. What is Work?
This week's episode focuses entirely on the idea of work. Is email work? What about sitting at your desk staring into oblivion? What about your lunch break? We answer all these questions and more on a very work-related episode.  Also, listening to this counts as work, FYI.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
34:59 8/28/23
88. Pentagram of Panic, or the Five Person Project Problem
y mor wyrds wen few do trickThis week we take on a listener topic around dealing with a project that is bound by five different stakeholders, all asking for different things, all with different priorities... basically, the project from hell. I think we solved it, but you tell us. See you in the discord.  Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
34:14 8/22/23
87. Performance Reviews Part 2: Givn' Feedback
Following up on our previous episode about the act of performing performance reviews, we act out a non-simulated performance review of the performance of this very podcast. It's not confusing at all, I swear. Alex joins us again for another tantalizing talk all about giving feedback and receiving it appropriately when you are locked in a room with just your manager.  Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
37:28 8/15/23
86. Performance Reviews
Performance reviews.Everything Corporate Strategy: All the links!Elevator Music by Julian Avila Promoted by MrSnoozeDon't forget ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it helps!
32:35 8/3/23