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Nov 23, 2020

Today, my guest is Roger Grimes

Roger's expertise in the field of computer security is unparalleled. He describes himself as the best in the world when it comes to computer security defense- and he has the credentials to back up this assertion.

He works with Kevin Mitnick who he calls the best Offensive Security guy in the world, but he calls himself the best when it comes to Defense.

As all of you know by now I love Offense and Defense Innovation so this interview falls squarely into the category of Defense Innovation for sure.

With more than 40 computer certifications and twelve books authored or (Co-authored) on computer security, Roger has spent over three decades imparting his knowledge to audiences worldwide.

His current title is Data-Driven Defense Evangelist at KnowBe4. He is the author of the new book, Hacking Multifactor Authentication.

Roger is a 33-year senior computer security architect and cybersecurity veteran specializing in general computer security, identity management, PKI, Windows computer security, host security, cloud security, honeypots, APT, and defending against hackers and malware. He has worked at some of the world's largest computer security companies, including Foundstone, McAfee, and Microsoft.

In this time of remote workforces and distributed endpoints, Roger advocates for Multi-Factor Authentication. However, MFA is not the end all be all for security. The vast majority of hacking doesn't care about your MFA. It's all about reducing your risk, according to Roger.

Throughout his many years in the industry, Roger a universal mission that drives all of his actions- to make the internet a safer place. Roger says if he leaves the Earth without accomplishing that feat, he has failed.

I also provide how you can connect with him on Linkedin. He has over 25k followers.

We've been sold by the industry that MFA is a Warm Blanky and Panacea for all security ills.

Learn more deeply about this topic as it is critical to your distributed security architectures moving forward

I'm excited to share this conversation with such a distinguished and world-renowned Security Defense Specialist.

Here are useful topics, books, and resources discussed and what you will learn as you listen:

Why most companies today fail in risk-based security and how to avoid the most common pitfalls.
The benefits of enabling application control software like AppLocker in audit only mode.
Why assuming just because you have MFA that you can't be hacked is false and how smart application of MFA will reduce your risk of getting hacked.
Why push applications like FIDO are more effective than SMS-based multi-factor authentication.
The highest risk areas CIO's and CISO's need to avoid falling into when dealing with MFA.
Why MFA and other security measures like it are all about reducing your risk instead of eliminating it completely.

How to Connect with this Guest:



Technologies referenced in podcast:

Troy Hunt’s “Have I Been Pwned?” 
Kevin Mitnick's “Mitnick Security”
FIDO Alliance Framework

Books Published by Roger A. Grimes Referenced in Podcast:

Hacking Multifactor Authentication , 1st Edition, By Roger A. Grimes. Published by Wiley, 2020
A Data-Driven Computer Security Defense: THE Computer Security Defense You Should Be Using, 1st Edition, By Roger A. Grimes, Published Independently, 2017

Transcript:
You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in this episode. You'll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts.

Leave A Review:
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About Bill Murphy:
Bill Murphy is a world-renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques, and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

Music provided by Ben's Sound: http://www.bensound.com/

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Nov 20, 2020

Sarah Angel-Johnson is the CIO at Year Up when this was recorded. She is now the CIO of Save The Children. She was named a 2020 Boston CIO ORBIE Award winner for Non-profit CIO of the Year. She has 20+ years of proven results in being a change agent at scale, starting with coding IBM's first e-commerce website to digitizing the $860 million Girl Scout Cookie Program for 2.1 million girls and adults. She has led global organizations of 150 managers and employees, provided direction to 25,000 matrix team members, managed 7 global labs, and drove $1.7 billion in revenue.

Sarah has excelled when thrown into new situations and asked to lead change within an organization. She realized early on in her career that she could step in and meld different people, processes, and content together in a way that most leaders couldn't.

As a leader, the question of how do I bring people together is an important one. Sarah and I answer this question, share stories, and discuss qualities that are important for a leader to have and how to connect with employees at a deeper level.

It's not enough to simply ask questions. What separates good from great leaders is fundamentally leading with inquiry. Asking open-ended questions, having a genuine interest and curiosity in what motivates people, and having the patience to see everything through are necessary when bringing people together to take action.

In my conversation with Sarah, you will hear how every step in her career has contributed to her overall success and shaped her leadership style. But no matter where her career has taken her, one thing remains the same- a desire to make an impact and help others at scale.

I'm excited for you to hear her story. Let's take a listen.

Here are some of the things that you will learn in this podcast episode:

The value of mentors in shaping career success.
How to retain your talent within an organization.
The importance of self-awareness and how it will lead to seeing your broader purpose.
Influencing people starts with asking what the human need is, and then designing technology around the human.
To find out what truly motivates someone, ask open-ended questions, and create a genuine human connection.
Human-centered design is more of a mindset than anything else.
How to tailor different methodologies for different situations.
Goals are driven by first, creating a shared vision, and then creating a shared mission.
The top 3 offenses and top 3 defenses for 2021.
Finding the perfect work/life integration is a sliding scale as long as you are continually analyzing and digesting for yourself.

How to Connect with this Guest:


Articles referenced in podcast:

2020 BostonCIO ORBIE Award Winners 

Transcript:
You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in the episode. Click here to download the full transcript.

Leave A Review:
Love this episode? Share it with your LinkedIn community here.
If you haven't already, please make sure you leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. Not sure how to leave a review? Check out the instructions here.

About Bill Murphy:
Bill Murphy is a world-renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

Music provided by Ben's Sound: http://www.bensound.com/
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Oct 2, 2020

My guest today is David Linthicum. David Linthicum is the Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting and has been named the #1 Cloud Influencer via a major report by Apollo Research. David is a Cloud Computing Thought Leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker, who has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO twice in the last 25 years.

Few individuals are true giants of cloud computing, but David's achievements, reputation, and stellar leadership have earned him a lofty position within the industry. It's not just that he is a top thought leader in the cloud computing universe, but he is often the visionary that the wider media invites to offer its readers, listeners, and viewers a peek inside the technology that is reshaping businesses every day.

More specifically, David is a Gigaom research analyst on cloud computing and enterprise applications and writes prolifically for InfoWorld as a cloud computing blogger. He is also a contributor to, IEEE Cloud Computing, Tech Target's SearchCloud, and SearchAWS, and is quoted in major business publications including Forbes, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and the LA Times. David has appeared on NPR several times as a computing industry commentator, and he also does a weekly podcast on cloud computing.

With more than 13 books on computing, more than 5,000 published articles, greater than 500 conference presentations, and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, demonstrating, and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively while continuously innovating.

When I talked with David, he had recently written a great article that I loved, Cloud security secrets your cloud provider doesn't want you to know. Asking the obvious question was a perfect starting point for our conversation because I really wanted to know - What are the secrets some of the providers don't want you to know?

I'm excited for you to tune in to this compelling interview.

Here are some questions answered in this podcast.


Businesses have a tendency to learn from pain. Now is the time to think independently and question why things are currently done this way.
Cloud security will only improve in a culture that challenges the status quo.
We need to make architectural trade-offs as to what we can do pragmatically with the technology that's out there.
Security can hinder performance and cost way more money each month if not engineered into the applications and data stores correctly.
Why you should have a Cloud Complexity Management Methodology?
Cloud-native security solutions offered by the big providers are not helpful if you have a heterogeneous multi-cloud solution.
Training counts more than technology - every dollar you spend on cloud training, you remove a thousand dollars as the cost of risk from your system.
When you hire people, you need to hire people who are typically going to be continuous learners, autodidacts which is more than specific skill sets
How can you have one security system that's much better than three security systems even though that one security system doesn't cover every feature and function that you need?
Why create a security domain that deals with complexity and volatility that you can configure and change quickly.

How to Connect with this Guest:

LinkedIn
Twitter
Website
Blog

Articles written by David Linthicum referenced in Podcast:

Cloud security secrets your cloud provider doesn't want you to know. Cloud security seems like something specific to a cloud provider, but emerging approaches and technologies are changing the game. 4/17/20
Are you Ready for the Brandpocalypse? by David Linthicum. Published on LinkedIn, 8/17/19

Transcript:
You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in this episode. You'll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts.

Leave A Review:
Love this episode? Share it with your LinkedIn community here.
If you haven't already, please make sure you leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. Not sure how to leave a review? Check out the instructions here.

About Bill Murphy:
Bill Murphy is a world-renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques, and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

Music provided by Ben's Sound: http://www.bensound.com/

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Aug 21, 2020

As leaders in today's unprecedented time of disruption, we are being forced to make critical decisions based on fear and the unknown.

My guest today, Dave McKeown, is here to teach us how, you, as leaders can achieve your compelling vision. How you can strengthen communication and accountability plans even while facing evolving conditions in an environment where you have little control.

Dave is the Founder and CEO of Outfield Leadership, and author of the new book, The Self-Evolved Leader: Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down.

In this podcast episode, Dave and I share insights on disruption and how leaders can focus on the short-term, high-impact goals to achieve long term vision.

Disruption has a way of bringing things into complete focus because we need to get things done with the fewest amount of resources. Organizations and leaders must ask the right questions, take a step back and look at what things they can to maintain alignment with revenue while adding value in that process.

When you get that right, that's when you get true alignment in your people, and in your teams because they can see a clear correlation between what they do every day and where your business is going.

Another great leadership strategy Dave shares is collective capabilities, bringing together everyone's collective consciousness and knowledge to increase the level of what we know, exponentially. This can be the difference between emerging from this event in a successful way with some momentum behind you, or emerging from this with a business that's no longer valid.

I'm excited for you to tune in to this compelling interview.

Here are some questions answered in this podcast.

  • What new leadership models are emerging during this unprecedented time of crisis?
  • What is the difference between bravery and heroic leadership?
  • How can a leader encourage collaboration across his teams in the midst of uncertainty?
  • How can leaders achieve more with less resources?
  • How does working with fewer resources bring clarity within an organization?
  • How do times of disruption present a significant opportunity for change within an organization?
  • Why is the decision making process more scalable when it's not dependent on only one individual?
  • How does using a collective capabilities' approach help navigate uncertainty more quickly?
  • Why is a good cultural fit' one of the greatest indicators of an employee's success within a company?
  • Emerging from this crisis, will there be a greater sense of humanity in leadership?
  • How can leaders shift their focus between short, medium and long-term goals?

How to Connect with this Guest:

Books Published:

The Self-Evolved Leader: Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down, by Dave McKeown. Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press, January 2020.

Transcript:

You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in this episode. You'll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts.

Leave A Review:

Love this episode? Share it with your LinkedIn community here.

If you haven't already, please make sure you leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. Not sure how to leave a review? Check out the instructions here.

About Bill Murphy:

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

Music provided by Ben's Sound: http://www.bensound.com/
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Aug 14, 2020

On the show today, Margaret Heffernan, serial entrepreneur, author and named one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter, shows us how globalization and pervasive communication technologies have moved our world from one that was complicated to one that is highly complex – and much less predictable.

To put it lightly, this change Impacts business where even small events can have a large impact. So, from a leadership perspective, how can you prepare for ‘how to think in this new emerging world?

Margaret and I answer this question, share stories and discuss how leaders can develop a robust, resilient mindset to create community – the center of success.

The recent pandemic has proven that this robust, resilient, and innovative thinking, and accepting complexity, is necessary for IT leaders to survive the unpredictability of this moment, tomorrow, and beyond.

You have to accept the cost of redundancy and work that may turn out to look like waste. But, once you accept that you can't predict this stuff, you are so much better off having it in your back pocket, than having nothing at all in your back pocket when disaster strikes.

Margaret Heffernan is the acclaimed author of six books. Her third book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril, was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times.
She was also awarded the Transmission Prize for her next book, A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better. Her TED talks have been seen by over eleven million people around the globe; and her new book, Uncharted: How to Map the Future, to be published in September 2020, looks at the many diverse reasons why complexity is here to stay.  

This is an amazingly relevant conversation that you just don’t want to miss!

Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode:

  • Why is the world becoming harder to forecast?
  • What’s the difference between a complicated vs. a complex environment?
  • Why is it harder to lead in a complex world?
  • What will the strategic requirements be to restart your workforce?
  • What is ‘robust thinking’ and how does it relate to resilience?
  • Why is it so important for organizations to take care of, and cultivate their unique ecosystem?
  • Why is it important for organizations to remember that people are part of their infrastructure?
  • Is efficiency and ‘running lean’ always the best choice for an organization?
  • Why does IT understand redundancy better than other sectors? 

How to Connect with Margaret Heffernan:

Guest Bio

Dr. Margaret Heffernan is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.

Books written by Margaret Heffernan:

Other References from the Podcast:

Leave a Review:

Love this episode? Share it with your LinkedIn community here.

If you haven't already, please make sure you leave us a review on iTunes or StitcherNot sure how to leave a review? Check out the instructions here.

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a world-renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise, in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.  

Credits + Other Stuff

Music provided by Ben’s Sound: http://www.bensound.com/

Other Ways to Listen to the Podcast:

iTunes | Libsyn | Soundcloud | RSS | LinkedIn  

May 6, 2020

Today my guest is Masha Sedova, the co-founder of Elevate Security delivering the first people-centric security platform that leverages behavioral-science to transform employees into security superhumans.

Elevate's unique Security Behavior Platform uses data to score employee risks, show actionable trends and practical feedback to motivate, reward and reinforce smart security behaviors of employees. This new approach to security awareness earned Elevate Security a spot in the 10 Finalists in the Innovation Sandbox Competition at the RSA 2020 Conference.

Masha is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance and a regular presenter at conferences such as Blackhat, RSA, ISSA, Enigma, and SANS.

As we begin our conversation, Masha emphasizes the importance, no the urgency, of looking for the ‘silver lining’ of our disruptive event and how we can embrace the opportunities it presents to emerge with unique outcomes for positive change.

Since human error accounts for about 90% of all breaches, Masha explains how new thinking and understanding of security awareness and training can be one of your ‘crisis opportunities’ to improve.

It’s all about the data. One of RedZone's big ambitions is to essentially create a biological response on the networks, creating systems that are automated at scale. So, I ask Masha why she thinks we haven’t begun using data in the workplace the way we use it in other areas of our lives – like fitness. You may have a fully integrated Fitbit, so why haven’t we considered implementing similar data integration and thinking into our organization’s security awareness platform?

There are some really great concepts and tools that we discuss here. This conversation will give you a chance to understand how to get out of the tactical fear part of your brain and really look into the strategy of security.

This is an episode that you do not want to miss.

Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode:

-  Human error creates 90% of threat events

-  Behavioral Science behind changing behaviors – You must have all three

  • Ability
  • Motivation
  • Trigger or reminder

-  Motivating factors

  • Gamification
  • Social proof
  • Celebrity social proof

-  Heroes, Champions and Risk Takers | Segmenting an Organization into a concept called ‘cohorts’

-  Including the user as part of the ‘team’ with ongoing communication

  • acknowledgement for A+ results
  • encouragement for improving results
  • motivation for adequate results
  • solutions and coaching for failing results

-  The Learning Pyramid – Organizations should develop training with the best methods of retention.

-  Empowering people has an exponential impact within the organization

How to Connect with Masha Sedova

Resources + Books Mentioned

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. Published by Random House Publishing Group, February 2012.

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise, in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.  

Leave A Review

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If you haven't already, please make sure you leave us a review on iTunes or StitcherNot sure how to leave a review? Check out the instructions here.

Credits + Other Stuff

Music provided by Ben’s Sound: http://www.bensound.com/

Other Ways to Listen to the Podcast:

                iTunes | Libsyn | Soundcloud | RSS | LinkedIn   

Apr 29, 2020

Today my guest is Oleg Konovalov. Oleg received his doctoral degree from the Durham University Business School and is a member of the 2019 Class of Thinkers50 Radar. He has been recognized as #1 Global Thought Leader on Culture by Thinkers360 and is #1 Global Leading Coach (Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50).

Oleg is an influential and thought provoking business thinker. His long international consulting experience has given him a superior understanding of how business works across different cultures and has made him adept at dealing with challenges at all levels. His research identifies entrepreneurs’ and managers’ strategic needs in the areas of corporate culture, leadership, and he uses corporate diagnostics, in order to enable them to drive their companies to success.

He is the author of four best-selling business books, and he continues his research and writing journey identifying entrepreneurs and managers’ strategic needs and helping them drive their companies to success and become true champions of healthy business culture.

I love talking with leaders like Oleg Konovalov on my podcast. The wisdom they have to share from broad business and life experiences is invaluable. In this episode, Oleg tells some terrific stories about how he teaches leaders and organizations to seek out real problems and find effective solutions.

We discuss the leadership role and why it’s important for leaders to create a space for themselves that’s different - apart from the problem. Oleg believes that taking this step back and looking at your problem from a different (new) perspective is critical to identify the - often underlying problem, keeping you and your organization from dragging old mistakes into the future.

Oleg also points out a new way of looking at ‘end of career’ thinking. If you were 50 or 56 years old – 20 years ago, you would be considered at the end of your career. Oleg looks at it quite the opposite. At the employee level, he doesn’t think people truly understand how productive and how much these 50-something employees still have to offer.

Listen as we discuss his perspective and the question, “If everything changes and everyone is learning in the present, every day, how will we all impact the future and build this new reality from scratch?”

You will love every second of this interview with Oleg as he reveals his strong insight about organizational leadership and culture. After you listen to this podcast, you can continue to expand your ‘knowledge bank’ and read more from Oleg in his most recent book, LEADEROLOGY.

Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode:

  • What does the expression,"A dog isn't born to climb on trees" mean?
  • Why corporate problems are usually the result of the leader or leaders' action or inaction.
  • What are the 14 Pathologies in an organization?
  • Why are only 3% of leaders good at decision making?
  • Why do complex visions fail?
  • How do you drill down to identify the real problem?
  • The value of creating real solutions that add value vs. simply creating content
  • Why is it essential for today's leader to have a knowledge bank?
  • The necessity of humility in leadership
  • Why being curious is such an amazing skill to cultivate
  • The shift in leadership towards Systemic Approaches; such as Leadership + sharing vs. Boss dominant cultures of non-sharing
  • Why only 0.1% of leaders have a vision
  • The difference between Having a Dream vs. Ambition vs. Having a Vision
  • What will you do with the success you achieve?

How to Connect with Oleg Konovalov:

Books + Resourses:

Books Published:

LEADEROLOGY, by Oleg Konovalov with Foreword by John Spence. Published by WILDBLUE PRESS, Denver, Colorado. (2019)

Apr 24, 2020

Today my guest is Mark Greeven, Professor of Innovation and Strategy at IMD. I’m going to begin by commenting on the amazing timing of my interview with Mark, just last week.

In our conversation, his first-hand insight into the culture and strategies of Chinese business as they experienced the COVID-19 crisis, are absolutely relevant for us, as leaders, as we are now experiencing the same in the USA.

In our conversation, Mark explains why China, the people and their organizations were able to react so quickly to a sudden and immediate crisis. Why they seemed so much more prepared with a huge population of 1.4 billion – even within the healthcare system, and how did they mobilize exponential technologies so quickly?

Before joining IMD, Mark also held faculty positions in China and The Netherlands, and currently serves as a a research associate at China’s National Institute for Innovation Management, Center for China and Globalization, Center for Global R&D and Innovation, and the US-China Innovation Research Center at Duke Kunshan University.

With a decade of experience in research, teaching and consulting in China, Mark has learned how to organize innovation in a turbulent world; and through collaboration with innovative Chinese companies and entrepreneurial multinationals, has explored novel ways of organizing, accelerating corporate innovation, and designing business ecosystems to thrive on uncertainty.

Mark’s latest book, Pioneers, Hidden Champions, Change Makers and Underdogs: Lessons from China’s Innovators, was published in 2019; and in 2017, he was named on the “2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 next generation business thinkers”, an annual ranking that the Financial Times deemed the “Oscars of Management Thinking”.

Listen to this novel interview as Mark and I discuss business ecosystems and how we need to do things together, as a leader, individually, and as a company. Mark will share with us his predictions for the outcome and lasting impact of turbulent events, which don’t all happen to be bad. The consequences will reveal that resilience during these uncertain times will set apart the more successful leaders from the less successful leaders.

Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode:

  • How did Chinese companies respond so quickly to the COVID-19 virus?
  • What allows Chinese companies to be so agile and reactive to change?
  • How can strategy be a form of fear?
  • How can strategy be more like, ‘strategy on the spot’ to make things happen fast?
  • Strategy for a changing world | Deliberate vs. Non-deliberate or emerging
  • Why is this particular event not a big deal to Chinese leaders and what can we learn from them?
  • What are some practical ways business leaders can create a more reactive execution capability?
  • Why does Single Threaded Leadership blast through the ceiling of complexity?
  • How can a small company who has grown into a larger organization still maintain an intrapreneurial spirit and mindset?

Books Published:

Awards:

  • Named on the “2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 next generation business thinkers”, an annual ranking that the Financial Times deemed the “Oscars of Management Thinking”
Apr 21, 2020

Today my guest is Chip Conley. Chip is a New York Times bestselling author and hospitality maverick. He is a recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and was named the Most Innovative CEO in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. 

As a rebel entrepreneur, Chip has disrupted his favorite industry...twice.

At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV) where he took an inner-city motel and turned it into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years.

Soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. In four years as Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Chip taught his award-winning methods to hosts in close to 200 countries, and today he serves as the company's Strategic Advisor for Hospitality & Leadership.

His five books have made him a leading authority at the intersection of psychology and business. While writing his latest book, Wisdom@Work: The Making of A Modern Elder, Chip was inspired to build the world's first "midlife wisdom school," the Modern Elder Academy (MEA), where attendees learn how to repurpose a lifetime of experience for the modern workplace.

Chip holds a BA and an MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He is an active mentor to six young CEO founders in the hospitality/tech world and serves on the board of Encore. org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity.

He believes curiosity is the elixir of life and started learning Spanish and surfing at age 58.

In my conversation with Chip, you will hear stories about experiences that taught him to understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom. In an age where the world is changing faster, people are living longer, and power tends to be moving younger – and at the age of 59, he shares his vision and award-winning methods around building teams aligned with a different kind of diversity and creating effective business culture – including a new view of mentoring.

Listen to this podcast to learn about how you can disrupt your thinking and learn how to make more meaningful contributions in your lives and careers during the later period of life.

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself before – and after you listen to this podcast:

  • How long will you live and work?
  • Are you ready for a new stage?
  • How much time do you have left?
  • Are you growing old or are you growing whole?
  • Do you possess Modern Elder qualities?
  • How do you reframe a lifetime of experience?

Here are some things you can learn from this podcast:

  • What is the changing role of mentors?
  • What does Chip mean by ‘Long game thinking’?
  • The difference between Gaining knowledge vs. Acquiring Wisdom
  • How can the new role of mentoring change the workplace?
  • Developing a ‘potluck’ company culture
  • Recognizing patterns to cultivate and harvest wisdom
  • Using disruptive thinking to create and retain a ‘growth’ mindset.
  • Should Modern Leaders Find Mentors to Help Them Navigate the Next Half of Their Life?

How to Connect with Chip Conley:

Recent book by Chip Conley:

Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, by Chip Conley. Published by Currency, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, September 18, 2018.

Other Resources Mentioned

The Five Dysfunctions of A Team, by Patrick Lencioni. Published by Jossey-Bass, 2002.

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Apr 17, 2020

In this, the newest Episode of my RedZone Podcast, my guest is Patrick Sweeney. Since this interview, Patrick has become a best selling author as his new book, Fear Is Fuel: The Surprising Power to Help You Find Purpose, Passion, and Performance, has hit the Wall Street Journal's Best Seller List at #5! A fantastic achievement.

Patrick has been dubbed the “Fear Guru” for his work with more than 500 global CEOs, actors, professional athletes, Navy SEALs and corporations. He inspires 25,000 people each year through keynote speeches teaching tools to live the biggest, most fulfilling life possible. He also lectures at leading universities from Harvard Business School to the University of Virginia.

Before earning a top tier MBA, he placed second in the Olympic Trials in rowing and is the only person to ever summit Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Everest Base Camp by bicycle and in 2018 won the Race Across America in a four-person team. He is also the first person to attempt cycling the seven summits. In Feb 2015 he became the first person to officially bike to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the summit of Kilimanjaro and the summit of Elbrus.

He was the founder and CEO of four technology companies, holds seven patents, produced award-winning adventure documentary films and is an angel investor in over 30 start-ups. He was the Chairman of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Sports & Entertainment Network, and has appeared on CNBC, CNN, Good Morning America, Fox News and the Today Show.

Few people know what it's like to be in a prison of fear their entire life. For over 30 years fear drove Patrick's choices and actions, and he missed out on countless amazing opportunities that life presented him.

After contracting a rare form of leukemia, Patrick found courage as a super-power. Curiosity led him to discover the neuroscience behind his life changing transformation so, he interviewed three dozen of the World's top neuroscientists. Those sessions changed his thinking and instilled a new mission in Patrick to share what he learned and help others transform their life from fear-based to confident and courageous.

There are two ways that you make decisions in life either out of fear or out of opportunity. The first leads to regret, shame and failure; the last leads to growth, happiness, success and learning. In this conversation, Patrick and I discuss how 70% to 80% of our decisions are made subconsciously out of fear, based on what neuroscientists call prior beliefs.

These preconceived beliefs are what create subconscious fear, and unless we can ask ourselves powerful questions and replace judgement with curiosity, these fears will play out throughout our lives.

Patrick shares some fantastic stories and we talk about how changing this type of thinking and decision making is particularly relevant for CEOs, like myself, and for CIOs and IT Leaders like those in my CIO Innovation Forum groups.

Listen to this podcast episode to learn more about understanding and finding your hidden fears. Then grab a copy of Patrick Sweeney's new book, Fear Is Fuel: The Surprising Power to Help You Find Purpose, Passion, and Performance. He wants to teach you courage, confidence how to achieve peak performance. His mission is to help millions around the world use fear as fuel.

Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode.

  • How can you enhance your internal database'?
  • What does Patrick mean when he talks about your tribe' and the 3 layers that are critical?
  • How to find your hidden fears?
  • What is the terror triangle?
  • How can you double your mind's capacity for processing?
  • What is the difference between a physical and emotional journey?
  • How can you develop a blueprint for bravery and courage?
  • How to stop that amygdala from hijacking your decisions?
  • Why is it important to scare yourself every day?
  • How four by four' breathing can clear your mind?

How to Connect with Patrick Sweeney:

Books Published:

Fear Is Fuel: The Surprising Power to Help You Find Purpose, Passion, and Performance, by Patrick Sweeney II, published by Rowman & Littlefield, 3 Feb 2020.

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Feb 14, 2020

My guest today is Deborah Rowland, a leading thinker, speaker, writer, coach and practitioner in the leadership of large complex change. Deborah has devoted her 3-decade career to the study, practice, and dissemination of effective ways to lead true transformation that takes individuals, teams, organizations and indeed whole societal systems to a genuinely new place.

Working alongside CEOs and their Executive Teams to help them navigate large scale transformation efforts, and importantly, attend to their own leadership practice as part of that, Deborah has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo.

In 2017, Deborah was named on Thinkers50 Radar as one of the generation of management thinkers changing the world of business. Her consulting firm, Still Moving, pioneered original research in the field, the latest efforts of which were accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management and at the 2019 European Academy of Management. I found her in a wonderful book called, The Chief Strategy Officer Playbook: How to Transform Strategies Into Great Results.

Deborah brings a unique combination of experience, insight and research to the leadership of change. Although there has been much research on the benefits of mindfulness to the individual, Deborah’s research is original, focusing on the business impact. Her latest book, Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change, offers practical examples of how to bring a higher level of awareness into your company.

In addition to consulting, speaking and writing, Deborah has contributed to faculty teaching at Business Schools such as Henley Management College, Tuck, and Bath Management School.

Don’t be confused about mindfulness - you don’t have to be a meditation student or yoga instructor to understand it. Mindfulness is like a muscle that you build. It’s a stake you put in the ground that you say, my reaction to events is more important than the event itself. Mindfulness requires skill and is worth knowing about and building it into your repertoire.

For now, if you want to explore Mindfulness in a new way, and if you want to learn from a high-level Master, this conversation is the perfect place to start.

As modern leaders in a fast paced and complex world you will learn: 

  • A mindful leader understands that stillness brings correct action and momentum  
  • A mindful leader observes and in this process brings change 
  • A mindful leader has difficult conversations and can make hard decisions 
  • A mindful leader is aware and awake and is integrated 
  • A mindful leader is better able to work with complexity because they will understand the whole 
  • A mindful leader will be able to work with discomfort better 
  • A mindful leader is more impactful to the business and those around them 
  • A mindful leader is able to navigate organizational boundaries better 
  • A mindful leader has discernment of mindless busy action
  • A mindful leader understands the imperative of wisdom 

How to Connect with Deborah Rowland:

Books Published:

Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change, by Deborah Rowland. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2017.

Sustaining Change: Leadership that Works, by Deborah Rowland and Malcolm Higgs. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2008.

Resources Mentioned in Podcast:

  • The Chief Strategy Officer Playbook: How to Transform Strategies Into Great Results, published by Brightline Initiative|Thinkers50|PMI Institute, 2018.
  • The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. The term and concept were coined in 1987 by Frank White, who explored the theme in his book The Overview Effect — Space Exploration and Human Evolution (Houghton-Mifflin, 1987), (AIAA, 1998)
  • Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, by Steven Johnson | Sep 10, 2002
  • Santa Fe Institute - Science for a complex world. The Santa Fe Institute is an independent research center dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of the fundamental principles of complex adaptive systems, including physical, computational, biological, and social systems.
  • The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work, by Joseph Campbell (Author), Phil Cousineau (Editor). Part of The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, 2014.
  • The Two Popes is a 2019 biographical drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, adapted from McCarten's 2017 play, The Pope.
  • Jesuits are members of The Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded by Ignatius of Loyola with the approval of Pope Paul III in 1540 and headquartered in Rome.
  • Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first
  • Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.
  • David Whyte is an English poet, author, speaker and organizational thinker. He has said that all of his poetry and philosophy is based on "the conversational nature of reality".

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Deborah Rowland. You can go to the show notes to read the details of what we discussed in this episode.

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise, in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.  

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Feb 7, 2020

My guest today is Judith Apshago. Judith's leadership talents were recognized in a big way in December 2018 when she was chosen from a group of 88 nominees, to receive the Capital CIO of the Year, Enterprise ORBIE Award recognizing her achievements as Vice President and Chief Information Officer of U.S. Silica, a leading producer of performance materials and industrial minerals and last-mile logistics provider. This award recognizes technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence. She was awarded the Norma Miller Passionate Philanthropist Award the same year.

Judith is an accomplished IT executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in information technology, most recently in a new role as Assistant Vice President of IT at Amtrak, and prior to that as Vice President and Chief Information Officer of U.S. Silica where she spearheaded an IT and digital transformation to support the company's rapid and substantial growth. She led a company-wide technology modernization, shifted IT from a utility provider to a high-performing strategic business partner, integrated multiple acquired companies, and collaborated with business leaders on strategic initiatives that enabled scalability, drove business efficiencies, and provided market differentiation.

This is a fantastic conversation and I know you will love it.

The biggest take-aways from this episode:

  • Importance of collaboration, understanding people, and building relationships.
  • How to develop a team of mentors and develop a personal board of directors' to address important career changes and business challenges you face as an IT leader.
  • How do you communicate your personal vision within the context of the overall organization?
  • How do you gain support from the top down, the buy-in of the business, the leadership, and your team?
  • What were her critical learning moments in her career?
  • How to reduce fear in an organization.
    How do you improve things with technology? How do you leverage technology to make business better?
  • Crossing the t's and dotting the i's. 'Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good enough'
  • Why you must think like a customer' to understand the impact of IT on critical customer-facing services.

How to Connect with Judith Apshago:

Resources + Links from the Podcast

     H. James Dallas, Author|Speaker|Consultant. President, James Dallas & Associates. Speaker at the 2019 Capital ORBIE Awards.

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Judith Apshago. You can go to the show notes to read the details of what we discussed in this episode.

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise, in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

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Jan 24, 2020

Today I have a great interview with Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle from Sweden. He's one of the world's most influential and respected business thinkers and speakers. Since bursting onto the international scene with the bestselling book Funky Business in 2000, Jonas has remained at the forefront of the new generation of management thinkers.

In 2014, the Global Top 30 Management Gurus ranking put him at number 23 worldwide and among the top five in Europe. He has a PhD in International Business and an MBA. His most recent book, published in 2017 is called, Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future, and was co-authored with Julian Birkinshaw.

So with that, I want to introduce you to my wonderful conversation with Jonas Ridderstråle.

Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode.

  • How can you reward failure using an MSU Award?
  • How can you de-risk failure and fear in your company?
  • As the title suggests, What is the last competitive advantage for humans?'
  • Two methods for increasing your ability to handle paradox.
  • Why are Nobel prizes now awarded to teams vs. super humans?
  • How you can re-energize your company with ideas.
  • As humans become more like Homer Simpson, how can you respond and help your colleagues as well.
  • Why you need more lovers, mistresses and promiscuity in your business and it's not what you might think.
  • Why is planning done + over'?
  • How to learn when exponential growth is real and daunting.
  • How are Paradoxical Thinking and the Paradoxical Point-of-View instrumental in sharpening our understanding of the big challenges companies face today?
  • How exponential growth at a social level can lead to more ignorance on an individual level.

Ways to connect with Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle:

Books Published:

Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future by Julian Birkinshaw and Jonas Ridderstråle | 1 Apr 2017

Re-energizing the Corporation: How Leaders Make Change Happen by Jonas Ridderstråle and Mark Wilcox, 15 Apr 2008.

Funky Business Forever: How to Enjoy Capitalism (Financial Times Series), by Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstråle, 4 Oct 2007.

Karaoke Capitalism: Managing for Mankind by Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstråle | 8 Jan 2004

Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance, by Jonas Ridderstrale, Kjell Nordström, et al. | Mar 29, 2000

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle. You can go to the show notes to read the details of what we discussed in this episode.

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise, in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.  

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Jan 17, 2020

Deepa Prahalad is an author and an innovation consultant. She has worked with startups. She's worked with large multinationals and co-authored the book Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business, which was selected by Fast Company as one of the best design books of the year. She's written for the Harvard Business Review, strategy and business; Business Week and was elected member of the International Academy of Management and is ranked number 34 on the inaugural Thinkers50 India list. I love Thinkers50, it's an amazing resource. Google it and you'll see what I mean. Just some of the best thinkers in the world are associated with that organization and she was recently selected by leadership guru, Marshall Goldsmith, into his “100 Coaches Program” from over 16,000 global applicants.

Rarefied air for sure. Deepa speaks on innovation and design strategy and mentors social entrepreneurs, and I might add social for-profit entrepreneurs and one of the organizations we talk about is ModRoof, an innovative sustainable roofing company in India. She has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Here are the learning points you're going to get from listening to this conversation. Design is more than aesthetics. Most people think of design - as around the physical aspects of a product, but it's more than that, it's emotion. Then we talked about a story of how logistics can be impacted by looking at multiple disciplines. For example, we talk about a worldwide charity that delivers mosquito nets. They have a complete supply chain to delivers mosquito nets to populations that need to protect against malaria. Well, how is that similar to the US supply chain from a wood manufacturer, for example.

Asking those type of questions to develop similarities between problem solving. It's no longer enough to own your own corporate story. Customers have to help you tell the story. They have to tell the about your wins. The power of open-ended questions to build momentum around ideas and how it's not necessarily the idea, but the questions around the idea, where you build the momentum. I love this part that Deepa talks about. Information is no longer privileged, which is obvious, but next you are at the 10-yard line the imperative is to execute. If you've got access to the information and it's not privileged, now it's about execution.

Deepa talks about this other really great concept called the needs versus aspirations. If we're taking care of the needs, we've lifted a lot of folks out of poverty, billion out of poverty, but what are their aspirations? What are their aspirations moving forward as they climb the economic ladder? Asking that question and creating something takes optimism, versus when you need something. Deepa breaks that distinction down during the interview.

We talked about the hero's journey and the importance of emotion and the story that you're telling and that hero's journey. I also ask questions about nostalgia. How important is nostalgia? We talk about the ‘sweet spot’ between the past, the important past and the future. We look at how we develop that sweet spot that people love.

Finally, social entrepreneurship. With so many people coming online, the needs for large segments of the population to be served by entrepreneurs who want to bring products and services to those billions. How does that happen? How much does social entrepreneur think? It's a wide and varied conversation that you're going to love and I want introduce you now to my conversation with Deepa Prahalad.

Here are the learning points you're going to get from listening to this conversation.

  • Design is more than aesthetics, it's about emotion
  • How logistics of delivering mosquito nets worldwide to populations that need protection against malaria is similar to logistics of a U.S. supply chain.
  • Impact and the rising billions
  • It’s no longer enough to market solely with your own company story. You need the support of your customers telling their story about you, your product(s), and their experience with your company.
  • The power of open-ended questions to build momentum around ideas.
  • Information is no longer privileged. You are at the 10-yard line and the imperative is to execute.
  • Needs vs. aspirations with Innovation
  • Creating + Optimism vs. Needs
  • Hero’s journey and emotion.
  • Nostalgia the ‘sweet spot’ between the past and future.
  • Social entrepreneurship is for-profit, not free

Ways to connect with Deepa Prahalad: hello@deepaprahalad.com

Books:

Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business, by Deepa Prahalad and Ravi Sawhney, pub. by Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Prentice Hall, 2011.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Deepa Prahalad. You can go to the show notes to read the details of what we discussed in this episode. You’ll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

About Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader.

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise, in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.  

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Jan 10, 2020

Today my guest is Rita McGrath. She is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and growth during times of uncertainty.

Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world's Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Rita is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum. She is also the author of several books, including the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed.

She received her PhD from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Here are some of key items that you will learn in this podcast episode:

How did Walmart innovate in response to a resistant culture?
Some practical ideas about How to See Around Corners
Learn about the Red Box strategy that Adobe used
What is Rita's Superpower?
Personal inflection points and how to personally manage being an Innovation Leader
How retail will rebound, i.e. the story of Showfields.
What Rita means by Snow melts from the edge, and the imperative for leaders.
How innovation proficiency defangs an organization's anti-bodies

Books written by Rita McGrath:
- Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, by Rita McGrath. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)
- The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)
- Discovery-Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity by Rita McGrath. (Harvard Business School Publishing, 2009)
- Marketbusters: 40 Strategic Moves That Drive Exceptional Business Growth by Rita McGrath. (Harvard Business School Publishing, 2009)
- The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Strategies for Continuously Creating Opportunity in an Age of Uncertainty (President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2000.)

References:
- Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It), by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. (Harvard Business Review Press, 2019)
- The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed, by Alberto Savoia. (HarperOne, 2019)
- Amy C. Edmondson is an American scholar of leadership, teaming, and organizational learning who studies psychological safety in organizations and teams. Click on the link to see more from Wikipedia.
- acqui-hire: According to Wikipedia, acquihire is the process of acquiring a company primarily to recruit its employees, rather than its products or services. Click on the term for more details.
- The Chief Strategy Officer Playbook: How to Transform Strategies Into Great Results, Thinkers50 Books. You can download this as a pdf for free.




Dec 13, 2019

Today, I have a very special guest. It’s Jason Kasch, CIO at Structural Group. Structural Group is a big business – 3,000 employees. One of their big, big moonshots – their big growth patterns, is they want to be a multi-billion dollar company.

I’ve known Jason from my very first RedZone Podcast episode. He was on the first episode many moons ago. Here, we get into some really powerful topics like - self-driving cars and business disruption, what does that mean to a company like Jason’s; we talk about invention convention and problem solving for a 3,000 person company; the modern IT leader skills are not what you think, and we talk about the role of the CIO moving forward and which skills he believes are necessary for you to cultivate… and they’re not what you think!

We also look at what is the mindset to the multi-generational workforce. I haven’t covered this topic with anyone recently. This is the first time in history CIOs must support multiple generations – from people super young to people super old. Sometimes the young people are leading the older people. So, how do you do that as a CIO? How does that impact you and your teams? 

I also ask, “What is your CIO Superpower?”. If you’ve ever thought about what makes you great. We’re  always focused on what makes you weak and what we want to make strong. Well, what if we double- or triple-down on our strengths? Jason and I discuss that.

CIO Superpowers! One of the things I always talk about and what you’re great at. Jason firmly believes that he’s a technical guy. He started out technical and he’s got amazing business skills now, but he believes you shouldn’t lose those technical skills if you come from that world.

We talk about SD-WAN. For those of you who want to understand SD-WAN and how you can use that at scale and some of the benefits Jason has gotten from that, then listen into this episode a little further.

So now we have a conversation about Structural’s small, vision, mission cards. It was really interesting as I was sitting down with Jason. We talked about these little tiny vision cards that the founder and majority owner of Structural distributes among the teams, and how it really guides how they make decisions – how they run meetings, and how you scale culture. You know, that’s always a challenge. How you scale culture – this is a great learning point.

Finally, what is your 3-year ambition? Jason and I talked about the ambition of his organization for growth and the role and the mindset that’s needed as a CIO to support his business as it scales into a billion dollar organization. I often say, and Jason supports that – who do you need to become as the business grows bigger and as you take on more challenges?   

So with that, you’re going to love this interview and my conversation with Jason Kasch.

When you think of the construction industry, you probably don’t think of innovation. Well, sit back and listen to my conversation with Jason Kasch, CIO of STRUCTURAL Group. Jason discusses, very specifically, how the Structural Group team employs a technique they call an ‘Invention Convention’ to explore the art of what is possible.

Jason asks some interesting questions that lead off a great discussion. I know you will find these questions very thought provoking for glimpses of your enterprise in the relatively near future.

  • How technical should a Next-Gen CIO Be?
  • Modern IT leader skills – are not what you think
  • How is the role of the CIO of 10-years ago, versus the role 10-years moving forward?
  • CIO Superpowers: What skills should a CIO cultivate moving forward?
  • Creating a mindset to support a multi-generational workforce |
  • How a CIO of a 3,000 person company thinks and will give you an example of how to deploy a technology that will assist you in building a cloud enabled company.
  • Leadership Principles of a $700M Company contained within a simple card that helps with problem solving, meetings, teamwork, excellence, vision and mission.
Nov 22, 2019

Today I have an amazing guest. His name is Dr. Jeff Karp and he is a Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is also a Principal Faculty member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty member at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

I'm just getting warmed up, wait until you hear the rest of his background. This is a real special guy.

He works in the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers, with more than 18,500 citations, and has given over 300 invited lectures. He has over 100 issued or pending national and international patents.

Several technologies developed in his lab have led to multiple products currently being funded, and he's launched seven companies that have raised over $300 million in funding. These technologies include high-tech skincare, tissue adhesives and 3D-printed biomedical devices, immunomodulation with biologically responsive materials. We talked about small molecule regenerative therapeutics with an initial target of hearing loss and other aging therapies; as well as stem cells, cannabinoid therapeutics, biomedical devices to improve child safety, needles that automatically stop when they reach their target, and a bio-engineered luminal coating for controlled GI targeting.

Dr. Karp has received over 50 awards and honors. He has been recognized by Boston Magazine as One of 11 Boston Doctors Making Medical Breakthroughs'; The Boston Business Journal as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation' and by MIT's Technology Review Magazine (TR35) as being one of the Top Innovators In The World - with three members from his laboratory also receiving this award.

I spent a lot of time talking to Jeff about how he builds his teams and how he empowers them to take on these projects. What he's done is - he's bridged academia and entrepreneurship and, that's no small feat! I was interested to know - with the co-founding of six companies, how does he get research out into the world to really impact lives?

We also talked about mentor development. One of the biggest things that he targets is finding - and building mentors. He is always actively meeting people and he talks about this and why the power of meeting new people every 2 weeks. Another thing we talk about is reducing problems to their essence'. What I love is when I hear scientists talk about how they really place a lot of focus on this radical simplicity' and the art and discipline of reducing problems to their essence so they can solve problems in the useful, practical solutions to real-world problems.

This is a really, really fun interview with a world-impact leader in medicine. And bringing cutting edge therapies to market with a team. A team of people really dedicated to changing the world.

So, with this, I want to welcome you to my great conversation with Dr. Jeff Karp.

Here are some Key Concepts from the Podcast:

Simplicity - Why is it so powerful?

  • Complexity vs. Simplicity – The approach you use affects the entire spectrum of a problem or a project beginning with how the problem is defined - and can alter or otherwise impact innovation.
  • Radical Simplicity – the art and discipline of cutting through the complexity and reducing a problem to its essence so you can solve it quickly and it can be practical in the real world.

Environment & Culture How do you create productive impact for elements of culture - within and beyond your team?  

  • Focus on Empowerment - Create an environment where you really appreciate what others are doing, and try not to limit them, but give them the ability to own their projects and empower them, that way people are more likely to go ‘all in’.
  • Alter your instincts and control knee-jerk reactions. Create habits that are not ego-driven but are self-imposed and controlled to serve the purpose that you define for your life.
  • Choose the environment. Create a community where people are all on the same page, are all helping each other and inspiring each other to take risks in a very safe environment.
  • Remove limitations. Have multiple affiliations with different institutions that can provide access to resources, tools and different technologies.

Finding and Developing Mentors -

  • Inspire and be inspired. Create simple, meaningful mantras that drive the mission in everything you do. They can help you make decisions of how to spend your time, and how to engage the process to really think through the best way of making decisions, such as Maximize Impact.
  • Inspire and be inspired. Develop a passion about finding a mentor. Look for someone whose hindsight becomes your foresight.

Academics to Entrepreneurship – How do you translate academic discoveries into entrepreneurship and develop new companies and quickly turn that into products for patients?

  • Develop and Cultivate Relationships – Commit to meeting someone new every two weeks and continue to cultivate those relationships.

Ways to connect with Jeff Karp:

Resources Discussed in this Interview:

TEDMED Talk - Insight Outside: Harnessing Nature’s Secrets, February 19, 2015. Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature.

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Jeff Karp.  

You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in this episode. You’ll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts

If you are interested in learning more about my company, RedZone Technologies, and our security expertise - in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.  

Until next time. I’m signing off. Thank you and have a great day! 

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Nov 15, 2019

Today my guest is Paul Zak, scientist, prolific author and public speaker. Paul is - what I just love, he wrote the book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity in 2012, and literally, he discovered oxytocin. Now what is oxytocin? This was a landmark neurochemical that he discovered was the driver of trust, love and morality. That was a key differentiation for our humanity, and so this made him very popular and he's gotten the nickname Dr. Love. Now, what does this mean for his latest book called, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies?

As a scientist, his decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon, to research with the three-letter agencies, to the rain forests of Papua New Guinea - all in the quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness and effective teamwork. It's through his lab and testing that he's developed and deployed neuroscience technologies to solve real world problems experienced by people, especially in this today's times of exponential technologies. What I love is that those things that we had a hunch about now, he's validating through technologies.

Now, what's this about trust? Because there's a big thing going on now that this is the most disengaged workforce in a long time. Much of it is because of the lack of trust.

So, what is oxytocin? Experiments have shown that when you have a higher sense of purpose stimulates oxytocin production, as does trust. Trust and purpose, then mutually reinforce each other, providing a mechanism for extended oxytocin release, which produces happiness. So joy on the job comes from doing purpose-driven work with a trusted team.
I could go on and on, but I want to let Dr. Paul Zak do most of the talking related to this. Because I think that for leaders, that this is super important. Leadership now, especially for many of the CIOs and technology and digital transformation leaders, the imperative for leaders today is to create this engagement within their teams and within their people. I've had a pattern now with a couple of different podcast interviews talking with people that are top in their field. Here is one of the top scientists in the this field that is talking about how to do this.

One of it is creating this peak immersion. Creating an immersion can be contagious and leaders; of course can't just bestow immersion on people. Leaders must embody it, they must be plugged into it themselves. This creates this factor, which allows an organization to take on this resonance, which differentiates you and your organization and your teams within the business and within the marketplace.

One of it is creating this peak immersion. Creating an immersion can be contagious and leaders; of course can't just bestow immersion on people. Leaders must embody it, they must be plugged into it themselves. This creates this factor, which allows an organization to take on this resonance, which differentiates you and your organization and your teams within the business and within the marketplace.

Well, I want to bring you Paul today because Paul is going to give you practical examples, practical tools and really get you thinking about this topic deeply. So with that, I want to introduce you to my conversation with Dr. Paul Zak.

What You Will Learn From This Interview

Key Factors in Motivation to Take Action:

  1. Paying Attention
  2. Emotionally resonant - Real caring so that it impacts the brain
  • These Keys get people into a flow state in which Peak Immersion can be measured
  • People are attracted to those who are engaged. Immersion is Contagious
  • Leaders Must be Plugged in
  • Neural Job Crafting
  • How to Build a Culture of Trust
  • The role of neurochemical Oxytocin
  • Work-life Integration vs Work-life Balance
  • Trust is a Leading Indicator of Engagement
  • A high trust culture doesn't mean you don't have high accountability, daily check-ins, daily huddles, etc
  • Examples of 'Whole Person' Reviews that you can use in your company
  • Creating feedback loops for people
  • Satisfaction vs Happiness
  • High Expectations, striving for better results, Going 'all-in', complete focus is great and letting go and shedding stress is great too

About Paul Zak

Human connection. Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea.  All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork.  His academic lab and companies he has started develop and deploy neuroscience technologies to solve real problems faced by real people.

His latest book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies, uses neuroscience to measure and manage organizational cultures to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes.  His 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, recounted his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity.   In another obsession, Paul’s group uses neuroscience to quantify the impact of movies, advertising, stories, and consumer experiences.  Along the way, he has helped start several transdisciplinary fields, including neuroeconomics, neuromanagement, and neuromarketing.

Here are his specs: Paul is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard.  You can check out his academic lab, consumer neuroscience company, and neuromanagement company. He also serves as a senior advisor to Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications that advises many of the world’s most successful companies.

Paul’s research on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname "Dr. Love."   That’s cool.  He’s all about adding more love to the world.

Interesting facts:

Zak is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has created and voiced science dialog for movies, including The Amazing Spiderman. He is a regular panelist on the Discovery Science program Outrageous Acts of Psych. News organizations often request his expertise on neuroscience. His TV appearances include Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN, the John Stossel show on Fox Business, the Dr. Phil show, TakePart Live on Pivot TV, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight.

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Resources Discussed in this Interview:

  • Academic Lab: com
  • Consumer Neuroscience Company: Zestx Labs.com
  • Neuro-management Company: com (measuring engagement company)

Books:

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Nov 8, 2019

Welcome back to the show, everyone. This is Bill Murphy, your host of the RedZone Podcast. So today's the title of this episode is, 'Human Performance and the Benefits of Sauna', in particular Finnish sauna. So how did this start?

A couple of years ago, I had Wim Hof on the show. He trains people on how to elevate their body temperature when they're immersed in cold water and he always had a sauna off to the side. Now, he has an institute in Norway, and I trained with him in Poland. Wim Hof has talked a lot about the benefits of sauna, relative to cold, it's called thermogenesis.

I have always wanted to learn more about the benefits of sauna; and there's been a lot of research on how sauna can help with your cardiovascular system. It can help with a variety of different diseases and with just general health and well being.

So, I asked the leading sauna person in the United States, Glenn Auerbach, to come on the show. I met Glenn in Minnesota when I went to look at a sauna he put together - and that I was planning to purchase.

In Minnesota, it's quite an ice fishing culture, so it's not a big step for them to build these really great ice fishing houses. Now, they've moved into building these really custom saunas. And you can see on Saunatimes, the website that Glenn runs, what people have done with saunas, these outdoor saunas across the country. And we get into what the differences are between types of saunas, like Finnish saunas versus your 24-hour fitness type sauna, or an infrared sauna, and what the real differences are there between them. And we talked about kind of culture of sauna in Minnesota and Finland. We talked about, as I mentioned, the science of it and the psychological benefits in alternating between cold and hot.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode. So if you're interested in sauna, and potentially integrating that into your experience and learning more about it, this would be a great episode for you. With that, I want to introduce you to my conversation with Glenn Auerbach.

About Glenn Auerbach:

For over thirty-four years, Glenn Auerbach has been an enthusiastic authentic sauna evangelist. In 2008, he started www.saunatimes.com to share this appreciation with others. Four years ago, he started SaunaTalk, a podcast about sauna and most often recorded on the sauna bench.

Glenn has written, Sauna Build, From Start to Finnish, the go-to eBook that includes step by step instructions for building a sauna. He has helped hundreds of people build their own saunas, some of which are featured, illustrated and reported on saunatimes.com.

Ways to Connect with Glenn Auerbach:

LinkedIn
Websites: SaunaTimes
Twitter: (@GlennAuerbach) and (@Saunatimes)
Blog

Resources and Links from this episode with Glenn Auerbach:

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How to Connect with Sauna Professionals Mentioned in this Episode:

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Nov 1, 2019

My guest today is Kelley Steven-Waiss. This is a woman who's really at the pinnacle of her career. What I love is that, as a leader, you will be able to see how Kelley is dealing with the human resource issues that we're facing in the marketplace. That both of the skilled resource challenges, being able to find talent and train talent, and how you create engagement and a culture that is both powerful and profitable, and  embraces the new workforce all the way from the oldest generation – to the youngest in the workforce.

Kelley does this right now at HERE technologies, a multiple thousand-user organization. She's done that with Extreme Networks, Integrated Device Technology, and PMC-Sierra. She has been responsible for global human capital and human resource strategies for all of those companies. Kelley is also on the board of FormFactor, which is a publicly traded company in California, as well as being the chair of the Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Kelley is incredibly accomplished. Something I know you're going to enjoy hearing about is her innovation within Hitch, an endeavor within the HERE technologies umbrella. Kelley founded and solved a problem using AI and machine learning to find and source talent within her organization. Now, it's actually generating revenue and is being sold to other companies as well. In my CIO Innovation Forum group, we often talk about the innovation mindset and how we're doing this within our organizations. Kelley is a perfect example of this. How she brought in an idea to solve a problem within her own organization - and now it's available for sale and purchase to others.

Kelley has co-authored a new book with Edie Goldberg called, The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity. The book is scheduled for release in April 2020, but is available for pre-order now.

Kelley has this abundance mindset. One of the things she’s doing through this book is coaching leaders to look at the availability of talent from within their organizations and reverse a scarcity mindset by looking at this abundance of talent that they already have.

We've taken on these exponential technologies that give us the ability to have 10x growth, but we have to lead a different way. We have to lead from an abundance mindset, one in which we approach workers from a different perspective - not a command and control, but from understanding worker's whole selves because that creates a unlock and it creates a shift in a powerful change in the leadership paradigm.

So, we cover a lot of ground in this conversation and you're going to find valuable nuggets and snippets throughout. I'm really looking forward to getting feedback from all of you.

I want to welcome you to my conversation with Kelley Steven-Waiss.

What I think you will like about my conversation with Kelley is that she will give you a window into where you have to adjust your thinking related to:

  • Multiple generations of workers co-existing
  • Leadership and serving your workers needs
  • How to encourage people to bring their Whole Selves to work and the power this enables within your workforce versus (just get the work done) She discusses what has shifted and the powerful unlock into a new leadership paradigm
  • For CIOs, especially with the talent squeeze globally, pay attention to elements of our conversation
  • The powerful story of how she founded Hitch, a talent Opportunity & Mobility platform that creates an internal marketplace for employees to find and discover opportunities so that the business can source talent from within.
  • From a top CHRO's perspective, the most critical skills that you must insure that your kids have to prepare them for the modern economy.
  • How you can go sideways yet still go forward

About Kelley Steven-Waiss

Kelley Steven-Waiss is Chief Human Resources Officer at HERE Technologies, overseeing the company’s human resource management and talent strategy. Kelley has more than 25 years of executive management experience in human resources, change management, and corporate communications.

She started an incubator while at HERE to develop a talent mobility solution called Hitch, a cloud-based SaaS software, which uses machine learning and AI to match project-based opportunities to internal employee profiles based on visualization of employees’ skills.

Prior to joining HERE, Kelley was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for Extreme Networks, responsible for the company’s global human capital strategies. Before that she held numerous executive management, including at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and PMC-Sierra, as well as consulting positions in large global consulting, public software and retail companies.

Kelley earned her MA in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona. She sits on the board of Form Factor, a Silicon Valley public semiconductor company, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board for Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). She is married and the mother of four children.

How to get in touch with Kelley Steven-Waiss<

Resources Discussed in this Interview:

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Kelley Steven-Waiss.

You can go to the show notes to get more information about this interview and what we discussed in this episode. You’ll find the show notes and full transcript at redzonetech.net/podcasts.

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Oct 25, 2019

Today my guest is Charlene Li. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard and of Harvard Business School, she's been named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company, and she's an expert in digital transformation and disruptive growth strategies. Charlene has just released a new book called, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform Why Others Fail. Charlene is a founder of and a Senior Fellow at Altimeter, which is a Profit company. She is the author of five previous books including a New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership; and the co-author of the critically acclaimed book Groundswell.

I love how she explains that we've been approaching disruption backwards. In my conversation with her, we talk about how companies make disruption their goal, but they believe that if they develop the right innovation, they will disrupt the markets forever and drive the kind of growth worthy of what their Board of Directors wants. But, as Charlene explains to me that it's not how disruption works.

Disruption doesn't create growth. Instead she talks about how growth creates disruption. I love how she hits it across the head when she says, growth is hard. She's not mincing words here. Disruptive growth is exponentially harder. It requires companies to make tough decisions in the face of daunting uncertainties and answer questions like, ‘should we bet our company's future on the next generation customers or today's reliable ones? Should we abandon our current business model for an entirely new one?

Making these bold changes demands leadership and often massive cultural transformation. We talk about leadership, and that in this type of disruptive companies, strategy trumps everything and how we need to meet the future needs of our customers. That leadership requires a movement to drive and sustain. It requires consistency. You can't whiffle-waffle as a leader. She talks about the consistency of the best transformation leaders and culture, of course, culture.

We talk about culture, something she calls flux culture. Also, we discuss her concept of a dashboard. Many of you are digital leaders, but what do your dashboards look like? Charlene gets into specifics on what a true disruptive organization should have in there... the entire company is looking at it as it relates to their dashboard. You're going to love the envisioning exercise we talk about with envisioning your future customer.

I love to speak with book authors like Charlene because we're taking 30 years’ worth of meeting some of the best, most transformative conversations and experiences, and distilling it into a book and a conversation.

Charlene and I discuss ten powerful stories, concepts, ideas and strategies from this amazing book. Here are some of things that you will learn in this podcast episode.

  • Specific leadership strategies that Jeff Bezos deploys at Amazon which allows him to build and scale an enormous company.
  • The importance of a flux culture and its positive impact in a disruptive company.
  • An amazing example of envisioning future customers.
  • How one must lead moving forward in times of exponential change.
  • The power of Dashboards in disruptive and innovative companies.
  • The super power of disruption leaders to instill hope and confidence.
  • Disruption doesn’t create growth. Growth creates disruption.
  • Innovative companies vs. disruptive companies
  • What is the role of the CIO – moving forward?
  • Breakthrough growth shifts the balance of power and of established relationships.

About Charlene Li

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including her newest release, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail, and Open Leadership as well as co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, Groundswell.

Charlene is an entrepreneur who founded and ran Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group.

With over 20 years of experience in tech and business, she has been a respected advisor to Fortune 500 companies on digital transformation and leadership. Charlene also serves on the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs.

Charlene is a sought after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SxSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour, and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press.

Charlene was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc., and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company. Charlene graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco.

The Full Transcript for this episode can be found here: https://www.redzonetech.net/blog/the-disruption-mindset-charlene-li/

How to get in touch with Charlene Li

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Oct 11, 2019

Today, I have a special guest, Dr. David Murphy. David is one of the world's leaders in working with children, young adults and families and helping them with their struggles, utilizing time management and organization. He consults with families and addresses the needs of students at all grade levels have been diagnosed with challenges like Asperger's, non-verbal learning disabilities, social emotional disabilities, ADHD, and all types of challenges related to this time management organization.

Dr. Murphy received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Connecticut and is nearing completion of his second Master's degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He earned his Doctorate in Education at Northeastern University.

In our conversation, we get into all sorts of details related to the issues that are facing children, from young children through middle school, and high school. These are things that I have been personally trying to become an expert on with my family. if you have a child at any one of these stages, stay tuned because some of the things that David brings up completely rock my world and they will yours as well.

We discuss topics like, How do you not coddle the emotions of your kids?', What does that mean with child rearing and growing kids that are emotionally resilient?', How do you, as a parent, not be afraid of your children failing?', and How do you underpin family values and a lot of the strategies you deploy as a parent.?' We also go into how you unhinge limiting beliefs with kids, how you establish a thinking about your thinking; and how you develop the patterns of emotional behavior so that they can be resilient in the face of uncertainty, in the face of doubt, in the face of failure and failing? And, finally, what is the effect of the digital generation on how you help your kids navigate and help families navigate FOMO, the fear of missing out' effect - with the phone and other digital distractions.

Dr. Murphy shares techniques, strategies and tactics of how you can deploy the right type of approaches to support your family values as it relates to this digital age and how to raise resilient, emotionally very, very strong and powerful children.

Here are some Important TakeAways from this Interview:

What are some of the big mistakes parents make today?

1. Way to much attention to towards coddling the emotions. There is a visceral fear of doing anything uncomfortable.
2. Parents outsource parenting. Parents work hard and come home exhausted. It's easier to ignore than it is to engage, discuss, punish, etc. Too many fathers want to be friends with their child. They give up their role as the alpha male and therefore loose valuable opportunities to guide, mentor, and discipline.
3. Parents are afraid to see their children fail. At an early age, children need to celebrate failure, celebrate risk taking, celebrate mistakes. We live in a culture that fosters perfection.
4. Justifying excuses and fostering family values. Parenting is hard. Doing it right takes time and attention, and the willingness to take risks and make mistakes.

As early as we can, we need to help our children to see through limited beliefs and excuses and practice and demonstrate "family values". In my family, my kids know that the word "can't" is not allowed. Try to connect with them on eye level and use phrases like this to foster family values, "In this family we work together and help each other", "In this family, we don't give up", "In this family we make mistakes and learn from them".

Too many children love their excuses and turn their excuses into beliefs. "I hate to read", "I am not a morning person", "I hate broccoli", "I can't do math", "I can't do it".

For parents of teenagers, how do you break through their Snowflake mindset?

Teach them to:

1. Start making their own decisions.
2. Stop making excuses. Get up each morning, take a cold shower, and face the fears of the day.
3. Set some goals that scare you.
4. Look people in the eye.
5. Give firm handshakes.
6. Tell their parents, "Thank you".
7. Take on the burden of greater responsibility. At the age of 4 your child can do more than you imagine. Give them the chance. Chores are the most amazing opportunity to foster grit, family values, and a strong connection to a greater self.

Parents need to know that it's going to be okay and kids need to hear that. Just because you fail at something doesn't mean you're a failure!

Dr. David Murphy became attuned to the challenges many students face through his twenty years of work in the field of special education supporting the needs of students with a wide range of disabilities. He taught for more than a decade before becoming a school administrator, ultimately running private specialized schools for children with Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Social Anxiety Disorders.

Dr. Murphy received his bachelor's and Master's degrees in Special Education from the University of Connecticut. He earned a second Master's degree in Special Education Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. He completed his studies at Northeastern University where he earned a Doctoral degree in Education.

After completing his doctorate, Dr. Murphy combined his extensive experience within schools with his advanced degree training and began consulting directly to families, students and adults. He consults with families and addresses the needs of students in all grade levels who have been diagnosed with such challenges as Asperger's Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD), Social/Emotional Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD) and students who simply struggle with time management and organization.

He currently lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife and two young children. He is an avid runner and loves spending time with his family and friends.

The Full Transcript of this episode can be found here: https://www.redzonetech.net/blog/how-to-raise-emotionally-strong-resilient-powerful-kids-in-digital-age-davidmurphy/

How to get in touch with Dr. David Murphy

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Sep 30, 2019

Why did I go down this path with this type of episode? I recently read an article by Chris Peterson, Principal at Vector Firm, where he outlined ways for a salesperson to differentiate themselves from every other salesperson. I was impressed and it made me think hard about the role of a salesperson and the notable transformation within today’s selling environment.

Beginning in 2006, Chris recognized a growing chasm between the way organizations purchased security technology and the way it was being sold. He recognized that this was creating a sales force of amazing security account managers – who had little or no time to HUNT for new business.  

Do you think the role of a salesperson is dead? People are afraid of even using the word salesperson today. You rarely see this title on a business card. You see titles like Business Development, Account Manager, Account Executive and the list goes on and on.

Is the role of a commission based sales rep dead?

Now I believe that sales is one of the highest and noblest professions of service. Essentially, the more you serve, the more you make. In the past, sales reps exchanged the risk of a low-to-no salary for the reward of a higher than normal income solely as a result of the fruits of their efforts. Ultimately, every role in the business thrives with more revenue coming in and the resulting increase in profits.  

Sales is so different from 10 to 20 years ago, yet continues to be the oxygen for business. Some of these changes have exposed deep-seeded issues that won’t translate into successful sales today. It's extremely important for business leaders to understand the shifts that are happening now by understanding how they came about and determine how we can help modern salespeople be more successful.

Who is this episode for today? If you are a buyer of security technologies and services, a salesperson in today’s modern world, an entrepreneur building a sales organization, are in a sales leadership role, a marketing leader in a company, or a CIO supporting a sales organization, you will enjoy listening to my conversation with Chris Peterson founder of Vector Firm.

I hope you enjoyed this program interview with Chris Peterson.

If you liked this episode I want you to forward it on your LinkedIn page to your community. I also want you to like and leave comments about the episode on iTunes, and for my droid listeners on Stitcher.

If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

You can go to the show notes to get more information about Chris and what we discussed in this episode. You’ll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts.

Until next time. I’m signing off. Thank you and have a great day! 

The Full Transcript of this episode can be found here: https://www.redzonetech.net/blog/modern-sales-your-customers-dont-need-you-anymore-chris-peterson/

How to get in touch with Chris Peterson

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Aug 15, 2019

Today, my guest is Shannon Emmons, Senior Product Manager at SonicWall.

It was great having Shannon talk with our CIO and Lieutenant community. She is the top person for managing the product development of the Cloud App Security line with SonicWall

From a security strategy perspective, the importance of a platform for security threat management, blocking, detection and response, as it relates to SaaS apps and your data, has never been more important. This can't be understated as more and more of your business applications are moved to the cloud and Securing Office 365, OneDrive, G Suite, Box, Dropbox, and other SaaS apps take on a higher and higher priority.

I was eager to talk with Shannon and I was lucky to catch up with her after our Cloud and Email Kill Chain Defense Innovation lunch event. Here are some of the key questions we discussed:

Key Questions We Discussed:

  • Why should you care about multiple log-ins?
  • What is your strategy when you have multiple users who are not based at headquarters?
  • What about Machine Learning?
  • If we want a single-pane-of-glass, should we disable Microsoft? – And, why is layered security key?
  • Can you guarantee that files are only scanned in the USA? (for export control)
  • Can you pick your databases?
  • Does CASB track successful and unsuccessful logins?
  • Do you need to have other SonicWall products to use SWCAS?
  • If you use Azure AD for permission, can you apply PIM for elevated access?
  • For data compliance, what protection do you use for secured data?

Cloud App Security | What you will learn from this interview

  • Data Stored in the Cloud is the Customer’s Responsibility and not the cloud vendor.
  • Why default SaaS app security controls are not enough?
  • What’s in your cloud?
  • How to regain visibility and control of your SaaS email, apps and data with a holistic approach.
  • How does the security actually work with Office365, Box, Dropbox and G Suite?
  • How to protect against account takeovers (ATO), insider threats, and compromised credentials theft.
  • The importance of API based security.
  • The difference between a CASB and CAS.

For CIOs, I believe that choosing the correct security platform vendor has never been more important!

About Shannon Emmons

Shannon Emmons is a Senior Product Manager at SonicWall, the global, network security leader delivering automated real-time breach detection and prevention that keeps small and medium-sized businesses, enterprises and governments safe from cyber threats.

Shannon focuses on protecting SaaS email with data compiled from more than one million sensors around the globe to defend against today’s most sophisticated cyber threats. She is a customer focused, product leader who previously spent 14 years at McAfee where she concentrated on cyber threat visibility and remediation through management platforms. Emmons is a 16-year cybersecurity veteran, and 13-year CISSP.

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How to connect with Shannon Emmons

Resources & Links:

Earlier this year, I interviewed Shannon’s colleague, Dmitriy Ayrapetov, Executive Director of Product Management at SonicWall. In this episode, we discuss cutting-edge strategies with security: sandboxing, block until verdict, remediation and roll back.

You can listen to my podcast with Dmitriy here.

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Insider Forum, dedicated to Business Digital Leaders who want to be a part of 20% of the planet and help their businesses win with innovation and transformation.

I hope you enjoyed this program and my interview with Shannon Emmons.

You can go to the show notes to get more information about Shannon and what we discussed in this episode. You’ll find the show notes at redzonetech.net/podcasts.

Until next time. I’m signing off. Thank you and have a great day! 

If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

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Aug 9, 2019

I’m very excited about my guest for you today. It’s Barry Libenson, Global CIO for Experian. He is responsible for the design and delivery of global technology strategy. Prior to joining Experian in 2015, he was Senior Vice President and CIO of Safeway in North America. Before that, he was the CIO and VP of Land O’Lakes. He has a continuous track record of huge success in the CIO capacity.

I am excited to bring Barry back for "Round 2" - his second episode with me and the RedZone Podcast. You will get the following out of this show as it relates to CIO Offensive and Defensive Strategy for a World Class company:

  • Why you must understand strategies around Micro Services and APIs, how Barry’s topflight team is a key component to this strategy, how he approaches legacy and ‘build new’, and rapid iteration and testing in his environment.
  • Idea Incubation and 3 Innovation Labs at Experian coupled with M&A
  • Nurturing a mindset that can’t be disrupted or blindsided by tech disruption
  • Why moving to the cloud is a debatable strategy and more of a tactic
  • Barry’s approach to building portability using Micro Services with legacy apps
  • His relentless pursuit of security excellence. He dives into his layered defense and ‘hunting approach’
  • The role of AI and Machine Learning at Experian in developing products of the future
  • The mistakes some CIOs make with security and how to avoid them
  • When to look at the Macro vs. Micro perspective to keep yourself in top leadership form

I hope you enjoyed this program interview with Barry Libenson. If you liked this episode, I want you to forward it on your LinkedIn page to your community. I also want you to like and leave comments about the episode on iTunes, and for my droid listeners on Stitcher.

If you are interested in learning more about RedZone and our security expertise in particular related to Cloud and Email Security Kill Chain Strategy, Techniques, and Tactics you can email cloudkill@redzonetech.net.

You can go to the show notes to get more information about Barry and what we discussed in this episode. You’ll find the show notes at https://www.redzonetech.net/blog/barry-libenson/.

Until next time. I’m signing off. Thank you and have a great day! 

Bill Murphy is a world renowned IT Security Expert dedicated to your success as an IT business leader. Follow Bill on LinkedIn and Twitter

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About Barry Libenson

Barry Libenson is Experian’s Global Chief Information Officer (CIO), with responsibility for the design and delivery of Experian’s global technology strategy. Prior to joining Experian in June 2015, he was Senior Vice President and CIO of Safeway Inc. in North America. Before that, he served as the Chief Information Officer and Vice President at Land O Lakes Inc. Barry joined Ingersoll-Rand as Vice President of e-Business in May 2001 and served as its Chief Information Officer beginning in 2003. There he was responsible for defining and implementing Ingersoll-Rand’s global electronic and internet business strategies, with a focus on customer relationship and supply chain management.

Early in his career, he served as Executive Vice President of Surety Inc., a data-integrity services company; as Chief Executive Officer for Visix, a software publisher; and held management positions with Phoenix Technologies and Oracle Corporation. He served as a Director at Tavant Technologies, a software firm with offices in California and Bangalore India.

Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Colgate University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

How to get in touch with Barry Libenson

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