Boss Level

Boss Level


Boss Level is a podcast on people and organizations aiming for the boss level. Boss level is the status a person or an organization achieves by making a better quality of life for themselves and others by doing what they need to do regardless of all the haters and obstacles out there.


Håkan Forss and the Toyota Kata metaprocess  

This episode is about the simple, but powerful concept of Toyota Kata and how it’s applied at the gaming company King. I’m interviewing Håkan Forss, an agile coach, working for King in Stockholm. This episode is the end of Season 1 of Boss Level. The next episode will be out on the 14th of March 2016.

Jos de Blok and the revolutionary homecare company Buurtzorg  

10 000 employees. No managers. Great results. Founded in 2006 Buurtzorg has taken the home care industry in Holland by storm. It has a lion’s share of the market. Clients rate Buurtzorg as 9.1 out of 10. Buurtzorg has been selected as the best place to work in Holland 5 times in a row. This is an interview with the CEO and founder, Jos de Blok.

Henkka Hyppönen and why we fear  

Most people fear snakes. A lot of people fear public speaking. Some companies are lead with fear. Why do we fear? What is fear? When is fear harmful and when is it beneficial? Henkka Hyppönen, today’s guest, is an expert on fear. He recently wrote a book about it called “Why we fear”. At the end of the episode, I’ll tell you how you can win a free copy of the book.

Kathrine Kirk and when happiness fails you  

Today’s guest is Kathrine Kirk, an independent consultant who often finds herself working with conflict-ridden teams that are deemed hopeless. She gave an interesting keynote at the Lean Agile Scotland conference on why team happiness might not be a good thing to aim for.

Dave Snowden on complexity theory and astrology  

Today’s guest is Dave Snowden. Dave is the man behind Cynefin, a decision support framework that’s based on complexity theory and cognitive science. In addition to Cynefin we discuss strategy, budgeting, performance targets and other important management concepts. Dave also shares research that shows which is more accurate in predicting human behavior: Myers-Briggs personality types or astrology.

Henrik Kniberg and how to help your kids win robot battles  

Today my guest is Henrik Kniberg. Henrik is well known for his books and for his work with Spotify, Lego and many others. Henrik works through Crisp, a Swedish consultancy that has published their company DNA online. The DNA consists of all the essential principles, processes and agreements with which the company operates. We discuss the unorthodox organizational model at Crisp, Henrik’s work with his clients, and how his kids, aged 10 and 11, won a robot battle against teams of professional programmers.

BONUS: Mikko Hyppönen and how to use your pet's name as a password  

This a special bonus episode on online privacy. I’m talking to Mikko Hyppönen, the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure. Mikko is geek who has over the years become a security celebrity. We discuss privacy, tracking, Reddit, TED and viruses.

Niklas Modig and how moving in with your girlfriend is like landing a spaceship  

An interview with Niklas Modig, author of This is Lean. This episode is a neat package of insights on lean. Here’s a few questions you should be able to answer after this episode if you listen close: What is lean? What is resource efficiency? What is flow efficiency? Why is flow important? How can we increase flow? And even if you already know the answer to those questions there’s plenty of great examples and bits of wisdom to learn from.

Nilofer Merchant, a recovering business executive  

This episode is an interview with Nilofer Merchant. She was in Helsinki speaking at the Nordic Business Forum 2015 a few weeks back. She’s an author of two books, she has received the Future Thinker award from Thinkers 50. Nilofer also has a popular TED talk and she’s a writer for publications such as Harvard Business Review.

Simon Marcus and his swedish overlords at Spotify  

An interview with Spotify's VP of Operations, Simon Marcus. We discuss the concept of a minimum viable company, how Scrum and Kanban are a gateway drug and who should do the thinking in organizations. Regarding Spotify we cover the hierarchy in the company and how the chapters, tribes and squads model is essentially just a matrix with fancy names.

Introduction to the podcast  

An introduction to the podcast

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