Box of Crayons’ Top Five Podcast Episodes of 2020
In a year of isolation, podcasts offered us a chance to connect with inspiring stories, people and conversations that matter. And there were so many good interviews offering deep dives into fascinating topics. Given what Box of Crayons does, it’s unsurprising that the following list focuses on organizational learning and development. We were drawn to conversations about innovation, connection, curiosity and growth.
Here’s a look at our top five podcast episodes from 2020:
- Curiosity and Killing Your Company with Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink
The Curious Advantage Podcast, hosted by Paul Ashcroft, Simon Brown and Garrick Jones.
Why we love it: Companies that will succeed in the future are the ones that build power skills, like curiosity. We love how Bodell distinguishes between being curious and causing conflict. Box of Crayons distinguishes between Troublemaker and Changemaker curiosity. The troublemaker tendency is counterproductive in an organization, whereas curiosity Changemakers ask questions, allowing us to challenge our assumptions and get to the real problem.
2. How to Build a Coaching Culture with Andrea Wanerstrand, head of Worldwide Learning at Microsoft
Coaching for Leaders Podcast, hosted by Dave Stachowiak.
Why we love it: We’re slightly biased because Microsoft is our partner, but we love the way Wanerstrand speaks about coaching as a capability. “We’re not asking managers and leaders to become professional coaches, it’s simply a matter of showing up more coach-like and choosing the right conversation technique for a situation and coming in with curiosity, to reach their full potential.” When an organization prioritizes curiosity, they empower individuals and teams and unlock innovation and resilience.