The lean startup methodology shifted the way many companies think about business by encouraging hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning. But can the same concepts be applied to social impact organizations? Author Ann Mei Chang thinks it is essential, and her decades of experience as a Silicon Valley executive and Chief Innovation Officer at USAID led her to write her new book on the subject, Lean Impact. In this episode of Hack the Process Ann Mei shares how she used data to evolve and scale USAID’s social programs, what role her network played in developing the ideas in her book, and why she decided to focus on fixing the systems of social giving instead of devoting her time to one particular cause.
As Chief Strategy Officer at Deloitte, Steve Goldbach has had a chance to observe all the time-honored best practices at some of the biggest companies in the world. What he realized was that following best practices can be an excuse for not paying attention to what really matters. Steve’s new book, Detonate, co-authored by Geoff… Continue reading Blowing Up Best Practices with Steve Goldbach on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 62
It can be hard to realize your own power, and even harder to make effective use of it, without some objective feedback. Ron Carucci had already taught at Fordham University, written several books, and co-founded Navalent, a successful leadership consulting firm, when he realized he needed a coach himself. In this episode of Hack the… Continue reading Coaching Leaders and Accepting Coaching with Ron Carucci on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 57
Andi Galpern is the founder of the San Francisco based Design community Cascade SF, who open-sourced her own Design education by inviting experts to teach the subjects she wanted to learn. Andi also hosts events she describes as speed dating for mentoring, which give designers the opportunity to share their knowledge and learn from each… Continue reading Mentoring Mentors and Small Sharing with Andi Galpern on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 25
Quick, explain the differences among Sales, Marketing, Engineering, and Product Management. If you work in a company with one or more of these organizations and the answer doesn’t trip easily off your tongue, then you might want to listen to Rich Mironov. Rich is a Product Management expert who helps companies understand and respect the… Continue reading Respecting the Power of Good Product Management with Rich Mironov on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 23