Consultants have to read so much to keep up with general management topics, not to mention their own industry and discipline. Armed with my trusty mp3 player, I have found lots of podcasts about business and management but a lot of them are not so useful. Do you have any recommendations about ones that are worth my limited time?
Podcasts are a great way to keep up with emerging management trends. They are quick to access, you can listen to them in the car or while exercising, and you can erase them or archive them easily. You are also right that it is hard to locate content that is right for your needs.
It does depend on what you are looking for. There are podcasts for marketing, management, finance, production, project management, strategy, etc. However, some of the best for general management are ones that are interviews with business leaders or management book authors or researchers. Here, you can get a short (usually 15 to 30 minute) summary of a key topic in business, with enough depth to help you fully understand its implications for your practice and clients. These podcasts usually start with a premise of explaining an emerging topic, explore why it is now relevant where it might not have been in the past, and discuss the research or experience required to validate the concept, and how it will affect business or management going forward.Tip:
One good general podcast the AMA Edgewise Series
. With a good sized archive and the ability to subscribe through iTunes, Yahoo and other applications, Edgewise brings you current discussions on leadership, strategic thinking, innovation, human resources, and other topics. Each week you can hear a topic discussed that you can and should relate to your practice. Other sources are available on iTunes under management (or marketing or whatever topic you like) but look most closely at sources with an interview base of people you have heard of and ones who have been around for a while (longevity does have merit in choosing a source).© 2009 Institute of Management Consultants USA