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This innovation podcast will resonate with those that recognize that being more innovative is their ticket to being indispensable and for leaders of all levels under pressure to build a culture of innovation. A blend of insightful interviews, audience questions, spotlights, and an occasional rant, your host Tamara Ghandour brings a fresh perspective to innovation. As the author of Innovation Is Everybody's Business and the creator of the Innovation Quotient Edge assessment, Tamara makes innovation accessible to all of us in this conversational style podcast.
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May 26, 2020

It's a common myth that systems and processes hinder innovation — but if done right, it actually removes the mundane and gives you the space to innovate. In addition, having the right systems and processes in place can help you get your business working for you, instead of the other way around. Josh Fonger joins me to show us how.

 

Josh Fonger is a consultant, coach, and speaker who is recognized as the leading authority in Business Performance Architecture, i.e. how to set up systems and structures in your business to work for you. After reading Sam Carpenter’s book Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less, Josh approached Sam to form a partnership focused on helping businesses properly organize and systematize their operations so they can achieve exponential growth. Today, Josh is one of the most in-demand Small Business Consultants in North America and has helped small startup businesses to $500 million enterprises from over 50 countries get unstuck using systematic solutions.

 

We dive into what inspired Josh to connect with Sam and start helping others “work the system,” as well as why we often don’t realize our systems aren’t working for us until it’s too late. Josh shares some of the top warning signs that our systems need an overhaul, as well as his insights into why people allow themselves to become the bottleneck. We also discuss how people can get into the system mindset, effective triggers for change, and how to balance systems with innovation, as well as why it’s as much about building the right systems as it is having the right people carry out the systems to get to success.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Josh Fonger, Work The System

Sam Carpenter

Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less,
by Sam Carpenter

Derek Sivers The First Follower

The Infinite Game, by Simon Sinek

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization, by John Wooden

 

May 19, 2020

How can we as leaders build a robust team that thinks through ideas and solutions from all different perspectives? To do that, we really need to tap diversity of thinking on the team at the cognitive level, and that’s where vulnerability and openness about failure can come in.

 

In the second installation of this two-part interview series, Maureen Berkner Boyt, founder of the Moxie Exchange, and creator of the Everyday Inclusion App, interviews me about innovation and how it can help us build high-performing teams. We dive into what leaders do right and wrong in building a high-performing team, and how to sustain these efforts.

 

Innovation is not a straight line to success — I share insights about why building an innovative team is about thinking about the J curve all the time and anticipating what the response is going to look like for different people. I also share my favorite tools for unlocking innovation in your team — asking questions to improve, create, transform, disrupt, worsen. We also dig into some ways that leaders accidentally shut down innovation, and why rewarding behavior instead of focusing on success and failure is the key to unlocking the innovation on your team.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Bulk Orders — Call or Email

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1897: “Tapping the power of innovation to build a high-performing team
Maureen Mo Berkner Boyt

Moxie Exchange
Micro-Learning Courses
Everyday Inclusion App
Rock Your Moxie: Power Moves for Women Leading the Way, by Maureen Berkner Boyt
Disrupt HR Talk: Hack Your Biased Brain

IQE Assessment

Anthony Lambatos, Footers Catering

Quad/Graphics

 

May 12, 2020

The modern workplace and 8-hour workdays seem to be dedicated to being busy and have forced us to give up our most valuable resources — time and energy. Yet, when more of our tasks demand creativity, critical thinking, and innovation, how can we reclaim our time and energy to improve our outputs?

 

Steve Glaveski is the CEO of Collective Campus, an innovation accelerator based in Melbourne and Singapore, that works with large organizations around the globe. As an entrepreneur, author, and podcast host, his mission is to unlock the latent potential of people so that they can create more impact for humanity and lead more fulfilling lives. His newly released book, Time Rich: Do Your Best Work, Live Your Best Life, aims to be a guide to achieving twice as much in half the time, and living your best life.

 

In this interview, we dig into what’s wrong with the way the modern workplace is set up, and how it impacts us in various ways — from a long feedback loop to poor employee morale, and feeling a lack of control. Steve also explains why being busy is a false measure of success, and why we need to focus on learning how to manage our energy, efficiency, and attention. He shares his advice about how to prioritize tasks, how to overcome the confusion between time worked and output created, and why reclaiming your time can create space for more innovation.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Steve Glaveski

Time Rich: Do Your Best Work, Live Your Best Life, by Steve Glaveski

Collective Campus

The Case for the 6-Hour Workday,” by Steve Glaveski for Harvard Business Review (HBR)

The One Thing, by Gary Keller

Alexis Ohanian

BlockSite

InboxPause

 

May 5, 2020

Our teams are made up of diverse individuals with unique styles of innovating, but we often fail to leverage their strengths — a critical step in building a high-performing team that is ready to tackle challenges and produce better results. But why is tapping into the power of innovation so important, and how can we do it?

 

In this two-part interview series, Maureen Berkner Boyt, founder of the Moxie Exchange, and author of Rock Your Moxie: Power Moves for Women Leading the Way, interviews me about innovation. We discuss my “Steve story” — how I realized that everyone has an innovator within them, and why it’s so important for people to realize not only that they innovate, but also how they do it in a way that’s unique to them.

 

We dive into the difference between ‘creative’ and ‘innovative’ and explore why, while genius is rare, innovation is extremely common. Realizing that you’re innovative encourages innovation, and when everyone on the team recognizes the power that everyone else has, they begin to leverage each other in new and powerful ways. We also discuss why respect, trust, and understanding are the foundation for driving innovation, and how vulnerability ties into that.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Bulk Orders — Call or Email
Maureen Mo Berkner Boyt

Moxie Exchange
Micro Learning Courses
Everyday Inclusion App
Rock Your Moxie: Power Moves for Women Leading the Way, by Maureen Berkner Boyt
Disrupt HR Talk: Hack Your Bias Brain

IQE Assessment
Chef Boyardee
Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode: Everyday Innovator Spotlight How to Drive Company-Wide Innovation

Apr 28, 2020

Everyday innovators are the ones driving the innovation we are seeing across a variety of industries, companies, and governments that are making the pivots and changes needed to address the current pandemic and adapt to the changing times. Alex Goryachev, Cisco’s Senior Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs and author of Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change, is one of these innovators I’ve featured in my book.

 

There are two parts to this extra-value episode. In the first part, Alex shares a story about how he realized he was looking for innovation in the wrong place — outside the organization. He shares more about how he reacted when this was pointed out to him, and the impact on Cisco of making the change and shifting to focus on innovation from within, both on the bottom line and employee engagement.

 

In the second part of this episode, we dive into his book, Fearless Innovation, where he tackles themes such as why innovation waits for no-one, why having teams and silos can have a negative impact on innovation, and how being pragmatic can unlock innovation. Communicating the value of innovation in a way that gets people on board with taking action is critical to driving innovation and we get into a really open conversation about quantifying the impact of “inaction” when you don’t change.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

IQE Assessment

Dr. Rex Jung

Alex Goryachev

Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change, by Alex Goryachev

Cisco

 

Apr 21, 2020

When things are changing so rapidly (particularly right now), our usual approach of working from the present to the future is not going to work. To survive and thrive, we need to start from the future and work backward, yet this is something most of us don’t even consider, or if we do, struggle with. Mark Johnson explains the concept of “Future Back” and how that can help us in these rapidly-changing times.

 

Mark Johnson is the co-founder and Senior Partner of Innosight, a growth strategy consulting company. He has been a strategic advisor to both Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industries. He is the co-author of Lead from the Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking into Breakthrough Growth (April 2020), which explores the concept of “Future-Back” thinking and provides a hands-on guide to long-term planning, strategy development, and execution within established organizations.

 

How is the future like an impressionist painting, not a photograph? Mark dives into the art of the possible, and how thinking about future scenarios calls for creative right-brain thinking. To survive, we need to start thinking about long-term plans but we’re constantly just in reactive mode trying to keep our balance. Mark shares how we can balance these two states, and his strategies to inspire and promote thinking clearly, creatively, and expansively. He also tackles the present-forward fallacy, why looking at data keeps us trapped in the past, and how to push past our cognitive biases to get to truly innovative future-back thinking.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

IQE Assessment

IQE Pro Innovation Toolkit

Email Mark Johnson

Innosight

Lead From The Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking into Breakthrough Growth,
by Mark W. Johnson and Josh Suskewicz

Apple

BMW

Johnson & Johnson

Janssen

Daniel Kahneman

Longer is Better.” by Eidelman, S., Pattershall, J., & Crandall, C. S. for Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2010

 

Apr 14, 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is transforming our lives in unprecedented ways but the opportunity to innovate is also tremendous. At this stage, when everyone is in a state of hunkering down and trying to be productive in our new virtual workplaces, leadership is a key element that can help push us from survival mode to innovation mode, which is now what it takes to survive.

 

Maureen “Mo” Berkner Boyt, founder of the Moxie Exchange, a company dedicated to unleashing human potential at work, picks up our interview about my upcoming book Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge. We discuss how we as leaders can create a more inclusive space to allow room for all the different innovation styles to shine as well as our favorite exercises for getting past the brick wall that keeps us in known and familiar thought patterns.

 

Staying relevant is all about thinking differently about the assets you have in front of you. I share why being realistic instead of overly optimistic in a time like this is better for team morale, and the importance of considering the mental energy of your team — it's limited and finite, and we need to take that into consideration as we try to manage all these different moving parts. Ultimately, approaching our current climate by asking questions and with curiosity instead of fear can make all the difference.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Maureen Mo Berkner Boyt

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1893: “Innovation is Survival

Six Thinking Hats,” by Edward de Bono

A Message to Marriott International associates from President and CEO Arne Sorenson

Burst of Innovation Disruption and Distraction

Club Quarantine — @dnice on Instagram

 

Apr 7, 2020

Now more than ever, we need to tap into our innovative sides to find a path to move forward, particularly because the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused the world to shift in an unprecedented way. Innovation is no longer something that is ‘nice to have’ or something that we can put off to a future time; to survive, we must innovate by turning obstacles into opportunities and seeing the potential in our current situation. That’s why we need everyone to innovate, and that’s why innovation is everybody’s business and the title of my new book which we are diving into this episode.

 

Maureen “Mo” Berkner Boyt is the founder of the Moxie Exchange, a company dedicated to unleashing human potential at work. Mo dons the interviewer hat to dig deep into my book Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge. We talk about innovation from an everybody/everyday perspective and I share the context for why innovation is so important, particularly at a time when it feels like we’re literally trying to survive.

 

Innovation is just as much about how you work, as it is about your products and services — it’s not enough to just think about how to create novel products and services if you are not keeping up with changes in the workplace. I share some of my insights about the four winds of change that are driving us now: accelerated change, micro-disruptions, a crowded playing field, and AI & technology and what we can do to get out of the survival mindset and into innovation. It’s really about taking what we’re already doing, and tweaking, adjusting, and doing things differently to adapt to our new circumstances.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Maureen Mo Berkner Boyt

Moxie Exchange

Micro Learning Courses

Everyday Inclusion App

Walmart reports increase in sales of tops, not pants, during the coronavirus lockdown,” New York Post

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1872: The Primal Mind (Part 1 of 2)

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1872: The Primal Mind (Part 2 of 2)

 

Mar 31, 2020

Leadership right now is in a really tricky place because things are not only uncertain, but they’re also out of our control. With the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we as leaders need to adapt to the times and guide our teams through this situation. The time for shock and panic is over, and it is now time for us to find ways to move forward. To do this, we need to lead in a way that shows strength and courage, but also vulnerability and authenticity.

 

Here are five of my strategies that can help you navigate these uncertain times and be the leader your team needs.

  1. Realism over optimism — Approaching your team with an overly optimistic perspective that doesn’t include any reality minimizes the trust that people have in you. Instead, realism and transparency can provide people with the confidence they need to move forward.

  2. Action over answers — People know that you don’t have all the answers but they want to know you’re taking action.

  3. Investment over workload — At a time when it is tempting to put our heads down and focus on work and being productive, we need to show our teams that we are also investing in them and care about their growth and development.

  4. Innovation over restriction — Innovation has always been about navigating through uncertainty and finding ways to do things differently, and these are unique circumstances that you can lean into.

  5. Empathy over authority — Everyone is dealing with their own frustrations and worries, and as leaders, we need to acknowledge that and provide our teams with the space to express that, by being empathetic to their concerns.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Six-Part Online Innovation Class: The Six Keys To Being A High-Performing Innovation Leader

Burst of Innovation How To Lead During Uncertain Times

Burst of Innovation Seven Stages of Change

Burst of Innovation Disruption and Distraction

Kübler-Ross Model

 

Mar 24, 2020

Almost every organization has legacy thinkers and we have to deal with them to get things done. They’re often the people in senior leadership and have years of experience under their belts but they can be frustrating to work with because of their resistance to innovation and new ideas. They’ve got the been-there-done-that mentality to the point of holding the rest of us back, or they tend to have an ‘I know better and I’ve seen more than you’ attitude that shuts down ideas. There are also legacy thinkers who love to relive their glory days and successes of years past, which keeps them from opening up to new ideas today.

 

The thing with legacy thinkers is that we need them — they have experience, they sit in leadership roles — for whatever reason, we need to find ways to get them on board with change and onboard with the innovation that we’re trying to put forward. So how can we do this?

 

I have four strategies that can break down these barriers legacy thinkers have against change and innovation, and to get them behind these ideas to move the organization forward.

1. Have empathy

2. Honor past work

3. Connect the dots

4. Guided questions

These simple yet effective strategies are the key to changing the mindset of legacy thinkers and tapping into their expertise and experience to innovate.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

IQE Assessment

Burst of Innovation How to Get Legacy Thinkers On Board With Change

Mar 17, 2020

How much do you trust your own ability to think creatively and figure things out, without depending on the advice or opinions of an expert? Carol Sanford believes that for most of us, it’s not enough.

Carol Sanford describes herself as a lifelong learner and an educator who helps people develop themselves into more conscious, creative, innovative, and intentional human beings. Author of multiple books, and host of multiple podcasts including Business Second Opinion, Carol has over four decades of experience in helping companies challenge accepted best practices. Her recently released book The Regenerative Life — Transform Any Organization, Our Society and Your Destiny explores the nine regenerative roles that people adopt in different situations.

 

What is wrong with our society's current idea of who can change the world, and why don’t we have the consciousness, capacity, and courage to check in with ourselves? Carol explains how the “expert model” has led to us undervaluing ourselves and our ability to think, create, and use our own minds to figure things out. She also shares the dangers of putting people into boxes and labeling them, as well as the importance of reflection in growing and innovating. She has some fascinating insight about discovering your essence, the nine regenerative roles, and how to tap into them in different situations.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Carol Sanford

Carol Sanford Institute

SEED Communities

Second Opinion on Business Practice Podcast

Email Carol Sanford

The Regenerative Life: Transform Any Organization, Our Society, and Your Destiny, by Carol Sanford

John Watson, Founder of Behavioral Psychology

Enneagram

Here & Now, NPR

Mar 10, 2020

Everybody wants innovation and change, but most people don’t break from the path that they’re on. Why is getting stuck in our own path such a challenge when it comes to innovating and how can we get out of it? Jeremy Gutsche joins me on this episode to share some of his insights about developing disruptive thinking, both individually and at the organizational level.

 

Jeremy Gutsche is the founder of TrendHunter, a global crowdsourcing platform that helps you spot and understand trends. He is also a New York Times bestselling author and has just released his latest book, Create the Future: Tactics for Disruptive Thinking. Jeremy’s forward-thinking mind and ability to connect the dots in insightful ways is unique and he helps shed new light on the challenge of innovation.

 

What do horse butts have to do with rocket ships? Jeremy reveals how dependent we are on our past decisions, why that translates into people getting caught in their own path instead of finding the other paths of opportunity, and how looking at the problem from a different perspective can help you break out of that rut. We also dive into managing innovation like a stock portfolio, why disruptive ideas move slowly until the knockout punch, and how we can change our environment to produce better, more innovative ideas.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Jeremy Gutsche

TrendHunter

Create The Future, by Jeremy Gutsche

Everyday Innovator Style Assessment

Making the Elephant Dance: The Tata Way to Innovate, Transform and Globalize,
by Sunil Mithas

Tony Hunter

 

Mar 3, 2020

Have you ever looked at a product or seen an ad and wondered how someone thought to come up with that idea? Whether it’s good or bad, these are the ideas that are innovative and groundbreaking and they stick with us. One of those such products is RightRice, and its founder, Keith Belling joins me on this interview to share more about how he took on a big and traditional industry in a new and innovative way.

 

Keith Belling is the Founder & CEO of RightRice, a product that reinvents the concept of rice, and which sold over one million bags in its first year. Keith is a proven entrepreneur and innovator, and RightRice is his second foray into disrupting the F&B industry — his first being Popchips, a wildly successful food product. He is a master of following a frustration he has, figuring out how to solve it in a unique and meaningful way, and turning the solution into a business.

 

Opportunities in the marketplace are abundant, but we need to know where to look and how to approach these opportunities. Keith explains how to approach a really established, traditional marketplace with alternative products, and why it’s so important to bring to market something that’s meaningful and differentiated. We also discuss what it takes to cast off the baggage of past failures in the industry when trying to innovate, and what the future holds for RightRice in terms of competition.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Keith Belling

Right Rice.com

Instagram

Popchips

Turner Duckworth

IDEO

Whole Foods

Feb 25, 2020

In this episode, we showcase Everyday Innovator Kyle Murray, Vice Dean and Professor of Marketing at the Alberta School of Business. He studies human judgment and decision-making, and tools like experimental psychology and behavioral economics to better understand the choices we make.

 

Kyle sheds light on why sometimes innovative ideas can be too far ahead of their time and people aren’t ready for them, as well as how these ideas get put out without the realization that they might be too outlandish for people to accept. We dive into the role of failures in the bigger process of gearing up for success, and the impact that failures can have on individuals within the company pushing for these innovative ideas vs. the company in the long term.

 

We really explore some case studies of innovation that failed and the lessons that can be learned from them, as well as the red flags to look out for in innovation. Sometimes, releasing a product that is not quite right is enough to sound a death knell for it, but we also need a balance between releasing a minimum viable product and settling for good enough. Ultimately, Kyle highlights why it is so important to cultivate a relationship with your customers, and how that allows room for failure and innovation.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Email Laura: laura@gotolaunchstreet.com

Kyle Murray

Alberta School of Business

Inside Launchstreet Podcast Episode 1803: “Innovation Lessons from the epic Crystal Pepsi Failure with Kyle Murray

Feb 21, 2020

Change can be hard, and it’s not always because we don’t want to change or because we fear it. Our habits and patterns can become so ingrained in us that it’s hard to change. The thing is, when we learn how to embrace it and adopt the right mindset around it, it can be so powerful and move our businesses forward with momentum. Joe Jackman has some great insights to share on the topic.

Joe Jackman is the CEO of Jackman Reinvents, the world’s first and foremost reinvention company, and has recently authored The Reinventionist Mindset: Learning to Love Change, and the Human How of Doing It Brilliantly. As an advisor to consumer brands, retailers, B2B companies, and private equity partners for over 30 years, Joe has helped leaders sharpen their strategy and orchestrate insight-led reinventions of their businesses.

Momentum and motion are fundamental to transformation, a principle that applies even in business. Joe and I dive into the reinventionist mindset — what it is and why it is so important, as well as the five principles that form its foundation: Seek Insight Everywhere, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future Now, Obsess the Outcome, Make Momentum Together. Joe shares more about momentum, why strategy is about knowing where you’re going and how to get there, and how to avoid insularity in thinking. Remember — there’s nothing more powerful than a community of like-minded people that believe in the same thing and are moving in the same direction.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Joe Jackman

Joe Jackman on LinkedIn and Instagram

Jackman Reinvents

The Reinventionist Mindset: Learning to Love Change, and the Human How of Doing It Brilliantly, by Joe Jackman

 

Feb 18, 2020

This episode’s question comes from Janet, who is wondering why diversity of thought is important on her team. Beyond that, if you already have a diverse team, how can you be sure you are actually getting all of their diverse perspectives?

Diversity of thinking in our team is the bedrock of innovation. Putting people of different cognitive styles, perspectives, and experiences together helps create an environment where innovation naturally thrives. In fact, innovation is more likely to be implemented when created by a group with diverse mindsets.

However, where we as leaders often stumble is tapping into the diversity of thinking that already exists in your team. The problem usually lies in three areas:

1) People work in silos

2) There is a lack of awareness of how to leverage people beyond their job titles

3) We approach the same people to discuss new ideas

 

I have some strategies that will help us move past these challenges and start maximizing the full potential of your team at the individual, team, and application levels. Remember, it’s not enough to share why diversity is important — we also need to give our teams the tools to take action to tap into it.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions

Innovation is Everybody's Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-order)

Everyday Innovator Style Assessment

Feb 14, 2020

Strategy is great to talk about hypothetically, but we’re taking it a step further to dig into how good (or bad) strategy plays out in real-world case studies. Derrick Kuhn, serial entrepreneur and owner of Brillity Digital, a digital marketing and business strategy company, joins me on the second of this two-part series to continue our deep dive on strategy.

 

When it comes to strategy, the fundamental starting point lies in the diagnosis of the current situation, something that is often missed out in the conversation. Derrick and I explore how we can start rethinking goal-setting using the concept of proximate objectives, and why “strategy” should move from diagnosis to strategy to tactics and an action plan.

 

We deconstruct each of our business strategies and uncover some of the crucial flaws I had in my thinking around strategy, and some of the myths and outdated ways of doing things I was holding on to. Derrick and I come up with a better way of doing my strategy that has already made a difference, and discuss the roles of different people in bringing together diverse perspectives that can ultimately make a significant difference in your company’s success to implement your strategy.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Derrick Kuhn on LinkedIn

Brillity Digital

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters, by Richard P. Rumelt

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More Of What You Want From Your Business, by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode: Myths Around Strategy (Part 1 of 2)

The One Thing, by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) Assessment

E-Myth, by Michael Gerber

 

Feb 11, 2020

Strategy — it’s one of those big words that gets thrown around a lot, but everyone has a different idea of what it means. Even more importantly, strategy is something that a lot of us get wrong. Personally and professionally, we often set goals and objectives — a strategy is what helps us get there. The challenge most of us face is that we are approaching strategy in a way that takes us further from our goals and objectives. So where do we begin creating a strategy?

 

Derrick Kuhn, serial entrepreneur and owner of Brillity Digital, a digital marketing and business strategy company, joins me on the first of this two-part series to do a deep dive into strategy. We deconstruct what makes strategy good or bad, and the types of people you need at the head of a strategy to implement it. The thing is, strategy is not about achieving a broad objective. It’s about painting a path forward that has methodology and an action plan that can be identified and prioritized to get to the objective.

 

Missed growth and lost opportunities are the results of bad strategy. Derrick and I explore why it’s so important to take into consideration the dynamics of the marketplace when creating a strategy, and why a strategy that has worked in the past may not be suitable to move forward. Ultimately, we need to diagnose before building strategy; how do we figure out what the right things are to be thinking about? Derrick shares some insight on that, as well as some of the fundamental issues in the business that could optimize and/or hinder its ability to get to the next level.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Derrick Kuhn on LinkedIn

Brillity Digital

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters, by Richard P. Rumelt

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More Of What You Want From Your Business, by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode: “The Primal Mind with Derrick Kuhn (Part 1 of 2)”

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode: “The Primal Mind with Derrick Kuhn (Part 2)”

Audible

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour

EOS

Feb 7, 2020

We’re adding in a new format to the podcast to highlight Everyday Innovators like you who are doing phenomenal things in terms of real-world innovation! Innovation is not just something that is reserved for the select, amazing few — it’s about thinking differently about what’s in front of you to create an advantage, and we want to showcase the companies and people who are pushing the envelope in their jobs, industries, and markets.

 

In this episode, we have Sean Richard, Innovation Leader at Schneider Electric, to share with us how his organization has really embraced the idea that innovation is everybody’s business inside the company. At Schneider, innovation can come from the most unlikely of places, from the most unexpected teams. That’s because the culture of innovation is built into the DNA of the company, and is encouraged at all levels, across all teams. It’s how they operate, it’s how they look to the future to stay competitive, and it’s how they surprise and delight their clients, over and over again.

 

Richard shares some examples of innovative ideas that have come forth from unlikely places, and how other members of the team have responded to this. He also explains why at Schneider, winning business is not about lowering prices – it’s about adding value, and how that drives innovation. We also dig into Schneider’s innovation playbook and portal that serve to promote innovation, why a culture of innovation is so important, and how Sean has pushed for a more human-centered approach at Schneider.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

Innovation is Everybodys Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Sean Richard on LinkedIn

Schneider Electric

Feb 4, 2020

Leadership is not just about process and culture, it’s also about you as a leader — how you can achieve your goals and be stronger as a leader for the teams you lead. That’s why Christine Matzen believes that becoming a leader is a journey and leadership is a force you can use to help your business win.

 

Christine Matzen started her career in emergency medical services. In this fast-paced, high-stress environment, she developed strong instincts and cultivated critical leadership skills, as well as a deep respect for people. Today, Christine works with individuals to develop their own leadership style, focusing on honing a strategic mindset that complements their unique skill sets. She helps individuals to become confident leaders who are ready to face any challenge, all the while prioritizing personal fulfillment in their lives.

 

We often think of leadership as tied to a position or a title, but leadership skills are cultivated, learned, and honed over time. Christine shares her insights about how to figure out what skills you are good at and what you need to work on as a leader to become better and the most common misconceptions around what makes a good leader. We also dig into the importance of trust, how to create a “vision of consequence” to help us stay the course to our objectives, and what stops leaders from innovating. She also has some really unique perspectives on defining your own vision and priorities, to avoid letting the world take away your time and your objectives.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Christine Matzen, Oak Street Strategies

Christine Matzen on LinkedIn

Leader: The Journey to Become the Force Your Business Needs to Win,
by Christine Matzen

Dr. JJ Virgin

Jan 31, 2020

There’s no denying the shrinking gap between humanity and technology. What used to take us hours or days to do, can now be done by technology in a much shorter time. Change and digital disruption have become pervasive as technology and artificial intelligence (AI) advances in leaps and bounds, and it’s happening at all levels across all industries. At this juncture, the question we need to ask ourselves is how can we leverage technology to elevate ourselves and stay relevant?

 

The trick is we need to become a part of the insight workforce, and it’s possible for everyone to be a part of it. All we need to do is leverage the information and data provided by technology to provide insights, solutions, and innovative ideas. We have to tap into our most human capabilities — how innovative we are, and the flexibility and nimbleness of our minds that allows us to come up with creative solutions.

 

I have three ways to become a part of the insight workforce and be an innovative voice in your workplace, life, and community.

 

#1 — Never present the facts; always present the insights.

 

#2 — Be innovative. Start thinking differently about what’s right in front of you to create an advantage.

 

#3 — Be an innovative leader.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions

IQE Assessment

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1879: “Q&A — Staying Relevant in the Age of Technology with Tamara Ghandour”


Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” Report by McKinsey Global Institute

Jan 28, 2020

This episode’s question comes from Matthew, whose company recently implemented new software that will generate data and reports (previously one of his responsibilities). How can you ensure that you stay relevant when technology is now doing what you used to be valued for?

 

There’s no denying that technology is becoming more ubiquitous, and some of our tasks are being taken over by technology, software, or applications, regardless of the industry we’re in or our rank in our company. We may start wondering where our relevancy is, but really, we need to be thinking about how we can leverage technology to gain the advantage.

 

What we need to do is shift our mindsets. If you move from thinking about how technology is taking your job, to thinking about how technology frees you up and provides opportunities, that’s how you can create relevancy. Technology creates an incredible amount of opportunity for us to engage in strategic thinking, be innovative, and have a strong voice at the table. I have a set of questions you can ask yourself to get from information to insights so that you can provide solutions, opinions, and advice. Ultimately, in the age of technology, our value lies in the innovation and creativity we bring to the table.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions

Jan 24, 2020

This episode’s question comes from Morgan, who is facing a few work challenges she can’t seem to overcome. If you’re feeling like your brain is on a hamster wheel trying the same things over and over again, how do you get unstuck?

 

A lot of us have experienced this at some point. We’re approaching a problem and for some reason, we end up banging our head against the same brick wall, and can’t find a way around/over/under/to remove it. I have three super simple tools and exercises that you can use to get unstuck.

 

#1 — The questions you ask determine the answers you receive, so you have to start asking new questions. I share two strategies to start asking different questions: Word Game and Flip It.

 

#2 — Overcome your unconscious bias. Your primal mind is working against you because it’s trying to stay in alignment and avoid “new and different.” I have two strategies that you can use to trick your brain into letting in new ideas and different patterns of thought to see fresh perspectives.

 

#3 — Idea storm or mind map from the solutions you create. Use your solution as a springboard and starting point for new ideas.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions

IQE Pro Innovation Toolkit

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1872: “The Primal Mind (Part 1 of 2)”

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1875: “The Primal Mind (Part 2 of 2)”

Jan 21, 2020

Today’s marketplace is an ever-changing and rapidly evolving landscape. If you’re not paying attention to what’s actually happening in your marketplace, it’s easy to fall behind, even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of success — and this often happens to many companies. Not to Jeff Platt though, who has had continued success and impressive results with SkyZone.

 

Jeff Platt is the President of SkyZone, an international franchise chain of indoor trampoline parks. With operations across the world in places as diverse as Mexico, Australia, and Saudi Arabia, SkyZone continues to see great success in the active entertainment industry.

 

As consumers demand more and more extreme experiences, what has SkyZone done to ensure that they are still relevant in their industry? Jeff explains his strategies to stay relevant to their customers by looking for inspiration in unlikely places, and the importance of staying connected to franchise owners and teams on the ground. We discuss SkyZone’s global strategy for growth, including being flexible enough to adapt to different cultures, the challenges (both from a business growth perspective and a leadership perspective) Jeff has faced as the company has grown, and how he has tackled them. Jeff’s advice? Keeping your finger on the pulse of your customers and your company.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation Training for Individuals

Jeff Platt on LinkedIn

SkyZone

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1743: “How To Grow Your Business Into A Global Powerhouse with Jeff Platt

Nerf

Oculus Rift

Focus@Will

DoGood

American Cancer Society

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Jan 17, 2020

We often think of change and innovation as linked to disruption, but does disruption really create growth for your company? Charlene Li, an expert who has been helping companies grow for decades, has a different take on disruption. She firmly believes that disruption doesn’t create growth — it’s the opposite; growth creates disruption, and we dive into what that distinction means and why it can be so powerful.

 

For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet, and an expert on digital transformation, leadership, customer experience and the future of work. She has authored six books, including The New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest book is the bestseller The Disruption Mindset, which we discuss in this interview.

 

Disruption is something that happens in businesses and industries, but it’s not necessarily the first goal when you start. Charlene explains the how and the why behind disruption, and shares relevant case studies that bring the concept of disruption to life in a more tangible way. She also illustrates how growth creates disruption, not the other way around, and why defining your future customer is a critical aspect of growth and innovation. We discuss what it takes to make “big gulp” decisions, how leaders can cultivate a movement of disruptors, and why sometimes, we just need to get out of our own way.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybody's Business, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Charlene Li

Charlene Li on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Open Leadership, by Charlene Li

Groundswell, by Charlene Li

The Disruption Mindset, by Charlene Li

Altimeter

T-Mobile

WeWork

Larry Page

ING Bank

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement” (TED Talk)

 

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