Episode Date April 20, 2021
Featured Guest Dig Howitt
Featured Book "In Search of Excellence" by Tom J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr.

Episode Summary

Dig Howitt reading from ‘In Search of Excellence’, and discussing failure capacity.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the CEO of a massive company? What do you do? What do you worry about? Michael Bungay Stanier is joined by his friend Dig Howitt, CEO and President of Cochlear, a medical device company that helps people hear and be heard. They have a conversation about modern business and what makes a company successful. Dig shares the responsibilities and difficulties that accompany his position as a high-ranking officer, and offers advice that he utilises to ensure he continues to grow and learn as a leader

Dig selected the book ‘In Search of Excellence’ by Tom J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr. [reading begins at 3:40]

MBS and Dig Howitt discuss:

  • The book’s impact on Dig [7:42]
  • Leadership versus management [10:03]
  • The relationship between strategy and culture [11:30]
  • Being a follower and a leader [13:25]
  • Improving failure capacity within a company [16:45]
  • Building a strong leadership team [20:15]
  • Diverse views within a team [22:30]

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Tom Peters and Robert Waterman Jr. | In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies 

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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