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Making Disease Optional with Microbiome Health + Abundance Thinking and High Performance Leadership: with Naveen Jain

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My guest this week is Naveen Jain, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, with a passion to solve the world’s biggest challenges with innovative technologies.

Naveen is also on the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university with the mission to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies.

I recently met him at the Singularity University Global Summit and was impressed with his new venture, Viome. Viome is focused on disrupting healthcare with the goal of making illness elective by identifying microbial biomarkers that are predictive of chronic diseases and to adjust the microbial imbalance through personalized nutrition.

I invited Naveen to be on my podcast so he could share his vision for exponential technologies and talk about the entrepreneurial mindset you, as a leader, need to have in order to affect your business with innovative efforts.

You will like this episode for three reasons:
1. Naveen and I talk about cutting edge health and wellness
2. If you are an entrepreneur, you will like to be a fly on the wall to learn how a billionaire thinks
3. Learn about “possibility thinking” and how to take advantage of the innovation opportunities when they present themselves
Listen to the interview for Naveen’s insight on benefiting humanity and his philosophy on disrupting major industries.

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CIOs of the Future: How to Help Your CEO Grow the Business

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My guest this week is Chetan Raval, an accomplished Information Technology Leader and huge proponent of AI and automation. His broad areas of expertise include IT security, technology, regulatory affairs, business acumen, finance, and business processes. Throughout his career, Chetan has held various leadership positions with organizations including Mannatech Inc., Analysts International, Cap Gemini, Sony Corporation, and Systems Plus.

Chetan has a strong background in AI, and in the interview, we discuss his success in deploying chatbots and his obsession with automation. We also talk about how to leverage partners for proof-of-concepts, and different ways to find and develop expertise.

I think that one of the things that makes this interview unique is Chetan’s perspective on how an IT Leader can help his CEO grow the business. I believe this is the question that CIOs of the future should be constantly asking themselves.

I encourage you to listen to the interview with Chetan and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The items we cover in this interview are:

  • Hyper growth and slow down curve and the role of the CIO
  • Innovative ways to keep the business profitable
  • The power of experience plus technical knowledge of programming language
  • AI, machine learning, chatbots
  • Success in deploying chatbots
  • Using partners for proof-of-concept
  • Ways to find expertise (slack channels, partners, Meetup.com)
  • Examples of Automation that saved human labor
  • Develop internal skills for Incentive Modelling and predictive analysis
  • How to partner with sales and marketing to provide deeper meaning for insight.

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How to Transform Your Business Through Observational Learning and Design Thinking

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My guest this week is Neil Goodrich, Director of IT at M. Holland Company. With a background in accounting, project management, and investigation, Neil’s IT work has recently been focused on building technology teams around cultures of creativity. 

At my CIO Innovation Insider events, I constantly talk to CIOs about innovation and transformation. I recently asked the group this thought-provoking question:

“How do you get your IT team to engage with the business at a higher level?”

Neil has created some amazing ways to do it through storytelling and developing empathy within the business. I also love his practical approach to finding pain points of the end user by doing ride alongs with the sales team members.

I think you will enjoy some practical ideas that Neil and I discuss in this interview. As you develop your own vision of innovation and transformation within your organization, this could be one of the puzzle pieces that you will find very useful!

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The Man Watching: Soccer Coach Lessons for High Performance Leaders

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Insider Council.

My guest this week is Tim Crothers, a journalism professor and a freelance sportswriter. He has written three books on leadership from a coaching perspective.

I became interested in his book The Man Watching after my interview with Tom Chaby when he mentioned his favorite book Top Dog by Ashley Merryman. I loved that book, and in it there are several pages dedicated to Tim Crothers and his work on the dynasty of women’s soccer created by the coach Anson Dorrance at the University of North Carolina.

I decided to ask Tim Crothers to come on to the show. I encourage you to listen to this interview, as you will learn so much about how to lead you millennials and work new ideas and approaches into your leadership style. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did! Continue reading

CISO to CIO: Personal Vision, Legacy, and How to Leave a Positive Impact as the Top IT Leader

 

My guest this week is Riz Jan, the Vice President, Chief Information Officer at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) For the Advancement of Military Medicine.

Riz is a dynamic technology and security executive leading an extensive strategic digital transformation to simplify and modernize the technology architecture within HJF.

In this interview, Riz and I focus on what it takes to be a great IT leader and the crucial investments you need to make in yourself.

What I love about Riz’s leadership philosophy that stems from his immigrant background is his no fear approach in taking risks. Listen to this episode to learn more about the role of legacy and making a positive impact as an IT leader. Continue reading