Welcome to the Tech for Non-Techies podcast

151. Design Thinking for career and venture growth May 17, 2023

Design Thinking, first developed at Stanford, is the strength behind tech companies like Airbnb and Snap. Great design was the foundation of Apple and Steve Jobs's obsession.

Design Thinking is a methodology for making decisions, and knowing when to pivot and when to preserve.

You can design...

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145. Why AI makes us boring + what to do about it Apr 05, 2023

Humans invent technology and then technology changes humans. It was ever thus.

The biggest technological trend today is artificial intelligence. if you want to be an insightful leader in the Digital Age, you do need to understand what AI is doing to us, so you can reap the benefits and minimize...

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144. When tech destroys value Mar 29, 2023

Some technologies lose businesses money and put off their customers. So why do businesses use them?

The technical term is shiny object syndrome! We waste money and make bad decisions when we forget that technology is a tool, not an end in itself,.

The role of a true Digital Leader is to discern...

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140. Three lessons for innovators from Running Lean Mar 01, 2023

Most products brought to market fail. Tech Entrepreneur Ash Maurya says this is "not because we can't complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product."

Maurya is the author of Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan that works, and...

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136. 2023 Prediction 4: Opportunities lie in the invention vs adaption gap Feb 01, 2023

What kind of doorbell do you use? A buzzer? A door knocker or a Ring smart doorbell system?

Right now, you can see all three inventions in use: one that has been around for millennia, and another that was created just 20 years ago.

This shows the wide gap between tech invention and its wide-scale...

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135. 2023 Prediction 3: Digital Transformation gets a human face Jan 25, 2023

Digital Transformation is going to continue being a huge force in business, but the way it’s being done is changing. People, not tech tools, are the new priority.

Listen to this episode to learn how to make the most of this opportunity.

Learning notes from this episode:

  • Global digital...
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131. Three shows to watch to learn about tech Dec 28, 2022

If you’re feeling guilty about switching on yet another streaming series, here are three shows you can watch to learn about tech in your downtime:

  1. General Magic - tells the tale of how a great vision and an epic failure changed the lives of billions. It is a documentary about the people...
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130. Lessons for Digital Leaders from the London Stock Exchange - Microsoft deal Dec 21, 2022

This December, Microsoft (founded in 1975) took a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange (founded in 1698). As part of this deal, the LSE will spend at least $2.8 billion on Microsoft’s cloud related services in the next 10 years.

Big Tech and finance have been getting closer and closer in...

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128. Business reality doesn’t match AI hype (yet) Dec 07, 2022

There is plenty of hype about AI, but most organisations are still using old precesses to make decisions.

We are  in the Between Times: "after AI's clear promise and before its transformational impact," as described in the book Power and Prediction: the disruptive...

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122. What's a Digital Mindset & how do you get one? Oct 26, 2022

To be digitally savvy, follow the 30% rule – this is the minimum threshold that gives us just enough digital literacy to thrive in the tech age, says Professor Paul Leonardi.

  • “To have digital transformation in your company, you don’t need to know how to code, but you need to...
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119. Why smart leaders expect the unexpected from software updates Oct 05, 2022

Software updates can have weird unintended consequences that the company doesn't even know about. Existing features that worked perfectly can stop working, leading to lost revenues and annoyed customers.

Listen to this episode to learn why this happens and how non-technical leaders...

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118. Four questions to link business goals to tech tools Sep 28, 2022

Technology is a tool, not an end in itself. The quickest way to bridge the gap between tech and business teams is to relate business outcomes to technology. 

Learning notes from this episode:

  • In every company, you always have two sides: the people who make the product, and the people who ...
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