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INSIGHTS ON LEADING AGILE BLUE OCEAN INITIATIVES FROM TOP LEADERS

On the bigQUEST Podcast, Andy Murray and his guests share the keys to leading an organization through an increasingly complex business landscape. discover how to simplify challenges, outsmart variables, and develop right-brain leadership skills… all so you can launch a successful blue ocean adventure in your work.

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S1E16: Julie Walker on Growing An Intrapreneur Mindset

 

“As an individual who is working hard to create and bring new ideas and break through processes to their company, it's so important to bring others along and share the credit, in fact, give it away. If you're really motivated by the idea and not politics, give it away all day long.” - Julie

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S1E15: Habib Salo on Mastering the Value Add 

 

"If you ask even our marketing team, if you ask our operations team, one of the things about our culture is if you have an idea, let's try it. Everybody knows my answer is yes 99% of the time. You ask, ‘Hey Habib, can I try?’ the answer is yes. I don't care what follows." - Habib

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S1E14: Seaon Womack on The Happiness Effect

 

"Achieving the goal will give you less happiness than the pursuit of the goal." - Sean Womack

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S1E13: Tom Muccio on Leading a Collaborative Quest

 

"The problem with recognition and reward systems is that they work: You get what you reward, you get what you recognize." - Tom Muccio

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S1E12: Adrian Swinscoe On Leading From The Edge

 

"Language is important because language frames how we think about things." - Adrian Swinscoe

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S1E11: Mike Bates on Developing a Dream-Big Mindset

 

"If you're not doing something every day toward your goals, you don't want it enough." - Mike Bates

 

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S1E10: Paul Smith on the Ten Stories You Need to Tell

 

“If you want to influence people's opinions, decisions, and behavior, you need to influence both parts of the brain. Storytelling is uniquely suited to reach the subconscious, emotional processing part of the brain, whereas logical facts and arguments and data just don't.” Paul Smith

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S1E9: Daniel Eckert on Rapid Gains from Agile Mindsets

 

"You have to think end-to-end. Just having a piece of the puzzle doesn’t actually solve the problem. Being very crystal on what problem you’re trying to solve, is very, very important of this mindset." - Daniel Eckert

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S1E8: Roger Burnley on Customer-ConnectedStrategies

"I think there's no substitute. I always say, in the end, however centralized you become as a retailer, the difference in a great store and a store with opportunities is the caliber of the store manager and the culture he or she engenders across the store." - Roger Burnley

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S1E7: James Orsini  on Dialing Up Efficiency To Prepare for bigQUESTS

 

"I looked around on Wall Street, and I said, ‘Why is everybody bald in their 30s here?’ And they said, ‘Well, because they've worked a lifetime by the time they were 30.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, this is not going to be for me.’ The money didn't mean that much, and I knew I had to get out before the money became a golden handcuff. So I only stayed a couple years." - James Orsini

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S1E6: Darrell Rigby on The Adaptive Agile Enterprise

 

"I think the biggest danger is that people who are unfamiliar with Agile start off by saying, "Well, let's work on something that isn't altogether that important. And therefore, if it doesn't work, what's the big deal?" And the problem is if you're working on something that doesn't really matter, then you're going to have a tough time getting some of the best people in the company to work on it because who wants to work on something that doesn't really matter?" - Darrell Rigby

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S1E5: Andy Murray on The Exponential Impact of Every Single Day

 

"There’s always a measure you can use that will tell you that you're doing a good job when in truth, you may not really know for sure because you’re using too many of them." - Andy

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S1E4: Andy Murray on Calling Out Your Biggest Barrier

 

"Strategies are always dynamic. In a world of uncertainty, the people that can pay attention to the moment are going to be the ones that will be able to pivot and sort and adjust and adapt their strategies to the moment at hand."

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S1E3: Andy Murray on Unearthing Your Single Most Important Outcome

 

"A new study from Yale scientists reports that uncertainty helps us learn. It’s good that science has caught up with ancient mythology. Every great story — from the ancient stories forward — has been around the tension between order and chaos." - Andy

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S1E02: Andy Murray on The Secrets to Problem Discovery

 

"There's a demand for creativity, and that ability to come up with ideas that will actually work in scale." -Andy

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S1E01: Andy Murray on How To Fill In Today’s Leadership Gaps

 

"There's actually an abundance of opportunity, but there's a scarcity of leaders that can really take on and drive new channels." -Andy

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About your Host

 Andy Murray

Andy is a highly effective senior leader with a passion for growth, creating cultures that unleash talent, and building capabilities through collaboration across functions. He has held leadership roles across retail (Walmart), CPG (P&G), start-ups (Mercury 11, Saatchi X) and global organizations (Asda U.K.). A creative problem solver, innovator, and marketer, he is known for building high-performing teams and delivering results.

Andy is a lifetime Honorary Board member of the University of Arkansas's Center for Retail Excellence where he helped developed the Center's presence and Innovation conferences. He is also an Early Board Member for the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics college. Andy was inducted into the Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013 for his pioneering work in developing best practices and industry leadership in the emerging field of Shopper Marketing. He currently serves as Chairman of Asda Foundation.

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