Monday Morning Radio

Host Dean Rotbart, an award-winning journalist, has been peeling back the curtain of the nation’s most influential business newsrooms for more than two decades. This week he begins a three-part series of oral histories that he’s recently conducted with three powerful editors-in-chief.


Adi Ignatius

His guest this week is Adi Ignatius, who has overseen the influential Harvard Business Review since 2009. Adi shares with Dean HBR’s updated approach to helping owners and managers create healthier, better-run, more successful companies.

Next week, Dean speaks with Fast Company's Stephanie Mehta about her career and her magazine’s focus on innovation in technology, leadership, and design.

In the final episode of the series, Rotbart holds court with Randall Lane, editor and chief content officer at Forbes, which focuses on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.

You won’t earn an MBA after listening to these three influential journalists, but you’ll feel as if you have.

Photo: Adi Ignatius, Harvard Business Review
Posted: October 26, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour, Three Minutes and 30 Seconds

Direct download: HBR.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 1:03pm MST

When McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, and the Green Bay Packers were searching for ways to turn their managers into leaders who employees would want to follow, they turned to Jill Ratliff, an executive coach with more than 25 years of Fortune 100 human resources management experience.

By making surprisingly few and modest changes, as Jill outlines in her new book — Leadership Through Trust and Collaboration — owners and managers can become results-driven leaders who not only inspire their colleagues but also get much greater satisfaction from their work.

“Let’s just end the debate; leaders are not born, they’re made,” Jill tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart. Hear her proven formula for success exclusively on this week’s Monday Morning Radio.

Purchase your own copy of Leadership Through Trust & Collaboration here.

Photo: Jill Ratliff, Jill Ratliff Leadership
Posted: October 19, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:36

Direct download: Ratliff.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:54pm MST

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the massive number of people who’ve lost their jobs, it should come as no surprise that America is in the midst of a small business startup boom.

The Wall Street Journal reports that applications for new employer identification numbers — an indicator of new business launches — are up by 18.5% over 2019, and growing at the fastest rate since 2007.

Which is perfect timing for authors Jonathan Littman and Susana Camp, whose recently released book, The Entrepreneur’s Faces, relies on real-life profiles of small business founders to help owners find their individual innovation style and edge.

The good news, Littman and Camp tell host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is that people from all backgrounds and walks of life can master the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Purchase your own copy of The Entrepreneur’s Faces here.

Photo: Susanna Camp and Jonathan Littman, The Entrepreneur’s Faces
Posted: October 12, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:19

Direct download: Littman_Camp.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:16pm MST

Imagine a professional baseball league with teams located in Small Town America, such as Garden City, Kansas; Roswell, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona.

Now imagine you’re tapped to manage one of these independent league teams — featuring a squad of not-ready-for-prime-time players — and trying to win a national championship. 

Finally, ask yourself, if such a challenge existed in real life (it does), what lessons might you discover about competing, recruiting, and marketing your team that also apply to small businesses?

Bill Rogan, the 2019 rookie manager of the Tucson Saguaros, joins host Dean Rotbart this week to share the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat managing a team far from the big city.

Pick up your own copy of Bill Rogan’s “Life Ain’t the Same in the Pecos League” here.

To add your name to the list of those who would like more information about joining Bill and Dean at a Pecos League game next season, email dean@MondayMorningRadio.com and be sure to include your name and phone number.

Photo: Bill Rogan, Manager, Santa Fe Fuego
Posted: October 5, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:42

Direct download: Bill_Rogan.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 12:37pm MST

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