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Nov 8, 2019

So many people encounter frustrations in their lives, but shrug it off and do nothing about it. Greg Koberger is someone who experienced a frustration and decided to do something about it. While creating a solution that benefits millions of people and companies alike, he also built a company on some interesting leadership principles and cultivated a company culture like no other — and that’s what we’re diving into in this episode.

 

Greg Koberger is the founder of ReadMe, which makes APIs easy to use for millions of people and companies like Lyft and Trello so that they can build awesome products. Greg explains how he discovered this massive gap in the tech world, and how timing played a part in creating a market for him to launch his product into.

 

His experience in the startup environment also spawned StartUp Escape, escape rooms designed for startups and companies. We dive into how the escape room set-up not only fosters collaboration but also drives innovation by encouraging people to think about things differently and creates other benefits as well. Greg highlights how he uses Challenge Coins to recognize individual contributions, build a more cohesive team, and foster a tight-knit company culture, and why he has a ‘no-guilt’ policy around productivity — which really starts with leadership attitudes, and giving up control.

 

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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

Greg Koberger

Greg Koberger on Twitter

ReadMe

Startup Escape

Challenge Coins

Wacom Tablet

YCombinator

How to Say Nothing in 500 Words by Paul McHenry Roberts

Apple Macintosh Commercial 1984

There are now 5 generations in the workforcecan they work together?”

Jon Favreau

ReadMe Credits

Rework, by Basecamp

Getting Real, by Basecamp

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work, by Basecamp

 

Nov 5, 2019

We all know that your thoughts drive your actions; the real power is in your perspective — because your point of view creates your reality. When it comes to innovation, challenging assumptions and seeing opportunities, adopting a different perspective can change everything. Heather Nichols joins me to share how looking inward can help you innovate.

 

Heather Nichols, MSW is an Access Consciousness facilitator, movement and meditation consultant, somatic psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and coach. Her Master’s degree in Social Work, 25 years of entrepreneurship experience, and expertise in mind-body therapy lend themselves to her current mission — facilitating people toward a fuller, more joyful experience of business, life, and family.

 

One of the biggest things that affect our lives, often without us realizing it, is how we see the world because our perspective and point of view shapes our reality. Heather explains how she works with clients to help them ask different questions to frame the situation differently and create a different reality, and why being in a negative mindset diminishes what you can be creating in your business and in the world. We also dig into the difference between knowing and thinking, and Heather’s advice for getting out of your thinking brain and listening to your intuition.

 

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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

Heather Nichols

How to Do What You Love and Make Money,” by Heather Nichols

Steve Jobs

Richard Branson

L'eggs

 

Nov 1, 2019

Do you ever feel like life is just a series of never-ending projects? In a certain sense, you are not wrong. Everything from cleaning out the fridge to launching a new initiative or product can be considered a project, which is why learning more about effective project management is a game-changer. Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is a project management champion and he has just the insights we need about how to manage our projects.

 

Antonio is the Director of the Project Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines and the founder of the Brightline Project Management Institute. He is the author of The Focused Organization, and in his new book, The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World, he sheds light on the shift to the project economy and how we can best manage that.

 

We often don’t realize how much of our lives are based on completing projects to get to the next stage or milestone, or how small things can, over time, derail a project. Antonio shares some of the things to look out for to avoid this, as well as the two things we need to have to ensure a greater chance of success at completing our projects — clarity and capacity. He reveals how we can determine which projects are a priority, and the elements of a Project Canvas and why it works in helping individuals, teams and companies be more effective, more successful and more innovative.

 

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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

LaunchStreet Blog

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez on LinkedIn

GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines

The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution, by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Brightline Project Management Institute

The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project-Driven World,
by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, by Rita McGrath

IQE Pro Facilitator's Guide and Toolkit

The One Thing, by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

Sagrada Familia

 

Oct 29, 2019

What truly makes a company great is not its processes or systems; it’s the people. If you want your company to move efficiently and effectively in the right direction, you need to be putting people first — everything else comes after. Paul Sarvadi is someone who discovered this at an early age and has leveraged that realization to disrupt and revolutionize the HR industry.

 

Paul Sarvadi is the founder and CEO of Insperity, a company that provides human resources and administrative services to small and medium-sized businesses. Over time, it grew to support over 100,000 businesses, over 2 million employees, and 77 offices across the U.S. and it boasted $3.8 billion in revenue. Paul also authored Take Care of Your People: The Enlightened CEO’s Guide to Business Success, which provides practical advice based on a lot of real-world experience.

 

Building a company that puts people first seems obvious, but doesn’t happen often. Paul explains what made him realize the importance of the people factor, and what he did differently once he had this realization. For Paul, going from the starting point of “what kind of company do you want to be?” vs. “what do you want to sell?” made a huge difference, and he reveals why you have to create culture by design, not by default. We also dive into some of the strategies from his book on getting your culture right and employee communication. Paul also leaves us with some valuable insight into the tangible signs that your company is not people-focused, and what you can do about 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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

Paul Sarvadi

Insperity

Take Care of Your People: The Enlightened CEO's Guide To Business Success,
by Paul Sarvadi

 

Oct 25, 2019

What does teaming have to do with innovation and success? How does teaming differ from just mere collaboration? Where does diversity in teams come into play? To answer these questions, I have John Bucsek and Bellaria Jimenez. They couldn’t be more different, but they’ve come together to build a wildly successful business around the style of work they call teaming.

 

John Bucsek is a Certified Financial Planner™ whose success in building and implementing change in financial firms spans decades. Bellaria Jimenez is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Chartered Financial Consultant®. She has received several recognitions throughout her career, including the Hispanic Corporate Achiever of the Year; Top 50 Business Women in New Jersey; and the Prominent Woman Award. Together, they co-authored The Team Game: How Your Business Can Dominate Year After Year, a playbook for building successful teams.

 

T=E x A+M (Talent = Energy x Attitude + Members)

John and Bellaria explain why teaming is so important to growing a business. It’s all about understanding your unique abilities and having team members to complement your weaknesses with their unique abilities. Yet, it can be hard for people to recognize where they're weak and have the confidence/vulnerability to own it and get help. John and Bellaria reveal how they approach this in coaching people, and dive into how to hire for teaming, and why hiring for diversity is more important than hiring superstars. They have strategies to encourage and manage the discomfort that is a part of working with people who have different perspectives, a unique take on accountability.

 

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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

Email Tamara

John F. Bucsek

Bellaria Jimenez

The Team Game: How Your Business Can Dominate Year After Year,
by John F. Bucsek and Bellaria Jimenez

When Building A Team Think Diversity, Not Superstars,” by John F. Bucsek
and Bellaria Jimenez

Oct 22, 2019

It’s a common belief that good business strategy and tactics are what make you successful. Purdeep Sangha believes that’s not the whole truth — what makes us successful is consistently making better decisions and taking more effective action and he has just the strategies for us to reach our true potential and create the success we want.

 

Purdeep Sangha is known as “The Strategist and Mentor For Men In Business” and he focuses on teaching men in business how to gain control of their lives and unlock their full income potential. Purdeep uses his proprietary neuroscience system to help people elevate their thoughts, emotions, and energy to make better decisions and take more effective action.

 

Your business is a direct reflection of you and your internal state. Purdeep shares how he helps men work on their “inside game” as well as their “outside game” and the neuroscience behind why our emotions and beliefs play such a big part in making better decisions and taking more effective action. So, how do we deal with the habits that are holding us back? By focusing on the 3Cs — Clarity, Confidence and Control, and dealing with the ecosystem as a whole — our thoughts, emotions, and energy. Purdeep has some strategies to move away from the disempowering stories we tell ourself, and to turn them into empowering stories that will enable us to make better decisions and take effective action.

 

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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

Burst of Innovation

Email Tamara

Purdeep Sangha

Purdeep Sangha on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

The Male Entrepreneur Podcast Men Who Win with Purdeep Sangha

Tesla

Train Your Brain: How to Build a Million Dollar Business in Record Time, by Dana Wilde

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1847: “Think Your Way To Happiness and Success with Dana Wilde

Oct 18, 2019

There’s no denying that we live in an increasingly digital world where a lot of our communication takes place via text on screens, i.e. email. That’s why human connection is ever more important in helping us build those relationships. Steve Pacinelli has just the insights to share on how we can use videos to stand out in a cluttered inbox and rehumanize our businesses.

 

Steve Pacinelli is the Chief Marketing Officer of BombBomb, a tool that helps users create and send simple videos via email. As a Sales Manager, Vice President of Events, and the National Speaker for Realtor.com, Steve has immense experience in sales, marketing, and speaking, which he taps into to help people improve human connection. Recently, Steve co-authored the definitive guide to better business communication, Rehumanize Your Business, which explains how to dramatically improve relationships and results in your business through video.

 

What are we missing by communicating via email? It’s not just about conveying your tone to the other person, but also overcoming their current feelings at the time. Steve explains how BombBomb allows people to make email as warm and personal as a face-to-face meeting through connecting people, and rehumanizing business. We discuss how to harness video as a tool even in regular communication, and what makes video such a powerful tool to influence decisions — you can ignore text on a screen, but not a person. Steve shares some case studies of how videos help to make communication personal and human, and his tips and strategies for leveraging video to stand out and grab attention amidst all the distraction.

 

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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

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

BombBomb

Steve Pacinelli on LinkedIn

Rehumanize Your Business: How Personal Videos Accelerate Sales and Improve Customer Experience, by Ethan Beute and Stephen Pacinelli

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Pink

Danny Doerksen, First BombBomb user to send 10,000 videos

Gary Vaynerchuk

Oct 15, 2019

More and more teams these days are virtual or a blend of full-time employees, part-time staff, and contractors spread out across the globe. The way we work today is drastically different than it was in the past, and outsourcing is something that’s become more and more a part of the modern business organization. Derek Gallimore joins me to shed some light on outsourcing, particularly as a complement to innovation.

 

Derek is the Founder of Outsource Accelerator, which as the 'Alibaba of outsourcing,' provides a gateway for businesses to connect with outsourcing suppliers. It lists about 700 outsourcing suppliers, and a wealth of other resources around outsourcing, including the Outsource Accelerator Podcast hosted by Derek. As a firm believer that outsourcing is one of the most potent and transformative business tools available today, Derek explains how it expands your talent pool to a more diverse workforce, and allows for a different type of collaboration and innovation.

 

In a globalized world with a globalized workforce, why should you limit yourself to just your geographic locale to find the right, qualified people you need? Derek explains why outsourcing can be transformative for your company, and some of the upsides and downsides to leading a team that is outsourced. We also dive into the importance of treating your outsourced talent as members of your team and how to integrate them into the culture of your company. Derek also shares some insights into which jobs to outsource and the best practices around including the outsourced team in the innovation process, although they are virtual. Building an international team with outsourced staff can actually help create a more solid foundation from which creativity and innovation can thrive and scale — curious how that works? Derek has the answers.

 

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

Derek Gallimore

Outsource Accelerator

Outsource Accelerator Podcast

UpWork

Freelancer

Automattic

Wordpress

 

Oct 11, 2019

On this podcast, we talk a lot about how to have ideas and be more innovative. On the flip side, how you communicate, interact, and behave is also critical to getting your innovative ideas across. However, often when you have to think on your feet, you end up feeling like you haven’t said what you want to say, how you want to say it. Lucky for us, impromptu communication skills can be learned, and Jennifer Brown joins me on to teach us just that.

 

Jennifer runs The Engaging Educator and Fearless Winston Salem. Through both, she helps people bring out their best communication style and confidence. Since launching The Engaging Educator in 2012, she and her team have served 50,000 students, including working with companies such as Etsy, Food Network, and Duke University.

 

Part of being an innovator is being open to listening to other people, not just waiting to react. Jennifer shares why you should always give yourself the grace to take a moment to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it in an impromptu situation, and some of her favorite improv exercises to better your listening and communication skills. We also dive into the mind shift needed to move from using ‘Yes, and’ incorrectly to agree with everything, to using it to frame our disagreement to be more open to new ideas and innovation. Jennifer also teaches us how to how to recognize when we’re not being active listeners, and what we can do to address 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:

Jennifer Brown, The Engaging Educator

Jennifer Brown on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn

The Engaging Educator on Facebook

Think on Your Feet: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Impromptu Communication Skills on the Job, by Jennifer Brown

Fearless Winston Salem

Innovation Is Everybody's Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge, by Tamara Ghandour

Teachers Dont Like Creative Students,” by Alex Tabarrok

Leading With A 'Yes, And,’” by Jennifer Brown for Forbes

Oct 8, 2019

What if I told you that action is NOT the way to build a business? What if I told you that it is possible to be more successful, just by thinking about it? That’s exactly what Dana Wilde teaches her tribe, and what’s more — she has the science and evidence behind how and why her method works.

 

Dana is the bestselling author of Train Your Brain, CEO of The Mind Aware, speaker and radio host. She grew her business from zero to a million dollars with over 60,000 followers on her email list in just 19 months, and she attributes her success to training her brain to think differently. Today, she focuses on helping business owners train their brains to set themselves up for and create success by focusing on mindset.

 

When it comes to growing your business, your mindset matters more than your actions and tactics. Dana shares how she realized this, and what the Reticular Activating System (RAS) has to do with your mindset. We talk through the “peacock feather” exercise, and Dana’s simple mantra to get started on changing your mindset. If you think that positive affirmations don’t work, Dana explains how the simple word ‘BUT’ can reframe your perceptions. Really, the key isn’t what you’re doing or not doing; it’s the story you’re telling yourself about it — change the narrative (and your mindset) around it, and change the outcomes. Dana breaks down the four-step process to get out of a negative state of mind and help yourself feel good and gives us a simple strategy for dealing with other people. Remember, every thought is making the case for us or against us.

 

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

Dana Wilde

Train Your Brain, by Dana Wilde (Free Audiobook)

Train Your Brain University (Online Program)

Apple

Lou Tice

Oct 4, 2019

The U.S. Army is not really the place you would think of to find innovation, but at the Army Research Labs, it is an important part of their mission and how they operate. Innovation is infused into the DNA of the entire organization, and Dr. Philip Perconti joins me to share some insight into this unique part of the U.S. military.

 

Dr. Philip Perconti is the Director of the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL). He has been doing research, working with the U.S. military for 39 years since enlisted in the Navy right out of high school. Today, he leads the Army’s corporate research laboratory which is responsible for foundational research to do with the U.S. Army, i.e. keeping our soldiers safe and give them the competitive advantage on the field.

 

How can you drive innovation across an organization as traditional and bureaucratic as the military? Dr. Perconti shares his vision for ARL and why the balance between short-term demands and long-term intention is so critical. He reveals more about the biggest challenges ARL faces in terms of talent acquisition, and how the unique model adopted by the ARL in fostering collaboration and partnerships to integrate with local communities to leverage and absorb as much of the culture in the national innovation hubs has been revolutionary to the organization. We also talk about the five core attributes of the ARL culture, why they picked them, and how Dr. Perconti ensures that they’re being implemented.

 

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 Pro Facilitator's Guide and Toolkit (Promo Code: InnovatorsRock)

Dr. Philip Perconti

U.S. Army

Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

ARL Locations

U.S. Army Futures Command

Oct 1, 2019

You’ve probably had the experience of working in a team where everyone’s energy made the task at hand feel fun and easy. On the flip side, you might have encountered working with people who just exude negative energy, and that makes everything a challenge. The truth is, energy has a lot to do with your business success. Chris Barez-Brown joins me to dive into how you can get your energy right, so you can get your extraordinary on.

 

Chris is the author of several books including Free! Love Your Work Love Your Life, Wake Up!, and Shine, and is the founder of Upping Your Elvis, a company dedicated to helping organizations become more energetic and collaborative to bring their extraordinary talents to life.

 

Modern business and human beings clash. Chris explains why he believes humans aren’t designed for business, and why businesses need more Elvises (high energy mavericks that break the rules and get things done). He shares some indicators that you have the right level of energy in the room, and some real-world tactics to change energy physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and to create engaged energy — energy that's sustainable to allow people to do proper work. We also break down how to deal with people with negative energy, why being in nature can help elevate your energetic state, and the importance of trust and vulnerability in solving problems.

 

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 Pro Facilitator's Guide and Toolkit

Chris Barez-Brown

Upping Your Elvis

Books by Chris Barez-Brown

Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath

Sep 27, 2019

I’ve always believed that communication is critical to innovation. If you have the best ideas in the world but nobody is listening, you can’t make a difference. Steve Woodruff, a.k.a., King of Clarity, joins me to dive into how best to get your ideas heard AND the science behind why it works.

 

Steve Woodruff is the Founder and CEO of ClarityFuel, a company that helps individuals and teams communicate with power. His new book, Clarity Wins: Be Heard. Be Referred. helps people of all levels get their message heard above the noise. And why does clarity win? Because being able to communicate coherently is one of the things that makes or breaks whether a business succeeds.

 

Sometimes, we think we’re being clear, but the other person doesn’t get the message. Why? The truth is we are competing with noise. Steve explains what this noise is, and why it is so important to get people on the same page and arrive collaboratively at a shared meaning. We also dive into the Reticular Activating System (RAS) and how making your message relevant to your listener can help grab their attention. Steve shares some shortcuts to help you cut through the noise through symbolic language and simple language, and the five elements of clarity to narrow down into a micro-niche. He also has insights about how clarity improves collaboration and teamwork, and why it’s critical to position yourself as different and wonderful, rather than just better.

 

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:

 

Steve Woodruff

ClarityFuel

Steve Woodruff on LinkedIn

Apple

Clarity Wins: Get Heard. Get Referred., by Steve Woodruff

Steven Pinker, Harvard, “The Curse of Knowledge

CrossFit

Peloton

 

Sep 24, 2019

Did you know that being innovative is one of the most human things you can do? It is one of the fundamentally human things that we do all the time, but how are personality, intelligence, and creativity (or being innovative, as I like to call it) all interconnected? Dr. Rex Jung joins me to dive deep into the mind about how this is all related to creative problem-solving and critical thinking.

 

Rex received his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and has been on the Neurosurgery faculty at the University of New Mexico since 2008. He splits his time between neuro-imaging research designed to relate behavioral measures including intelligence, personality, and creativity, and holding neuropsychology clinics with neurosurgical patients.

 

Intelligence can be defined as rapid and accurate problem-solving, and creativity as novel and useful problem-solving. Rex explains how intelligence and creativity are weakly correlated, and why it is often the case that there are rare geniuses but common creatives. He also busts some myths around the brain and shares how we can be more creative and innovative — by working your brain like a muscle. Everyone has the potential to be creative and innovative, but how we do it is unique to each of us. Rex has some strategies for building that creative muscle.

 

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

Dr. Rex Jung

Dr. Rex Jung on Twitter

Threshold Theory of Creativity

Dean Keith Simonton (Equal Odds Rule)

Quantity yields quality when it comes to creativity: a brain and behavioral test of the equal-odds rule,” by Dr. Rex Jung et. al.

Unwavering Faith,” by Dr. Rex Jung for Psychology Today

 

Sep 20, 2019

Innovative solutions’ is a phrase that gets used a lot. But what exactly does that mean, and what does it take to stay ahead of the curve and not fall behind? How can you gauge a client’s appetite for innovation and disruption, and implement it in a way that allows for learning from failure? That’s where Pam Maynard, an expert in innovation and incubation, comes in.

 

Pam is the CEO of Avanade, an IT consulting and global technology company created as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. It is a leading digital innovator with 36,000 employees worldwide, across 24 countries. Pam’s primary focus is to ensure their clients are successful and secure on their digital journeys and to keep her company ahead of the curve of emerging technologies.

 

As a company focused on delivering innovative digital solutions and cloud services to clients in many industries, Avanade approaches client issues and challenges with an open mind and the courage to challenge the status quo, while bringing in diverse perspectives. Pam explains what it takes to think and act with a more innovative approach in mindset, and what it takes to attract, retain, and delight customers and employees — it all starts with company values. She also dives into what stops people from innovating, and how incubation (and having a space between innovative and operational systems!) can help build the culture of experimentation without being afraid of failure.

 

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:

Pam Maynard on LinkedIn

Pam Maynard on Twitter @PamAvaGM

Avanade

Accenture

Microsoft

Spotify

TIDAL

Why diversity matters,” by Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara Prince, for McKinsey

 

Sep 17, 2019

Technology is changing and moving extremely rapidly, particularly in the cybersecurity space, so how can you stay ahead of the curve? How do you find the opportunities in the gaps in constantly evolving industry, and create a business in these niches? Kristina Bergman, an expert in cybersecurity, has insights into just these topics.

 

Kristina Bergman has many years of experience in the technology and cybersecurity space, including as a venture capitalist working with investments in areas such as cloud technology and big data security. Privacy is a big data problem, and several years ago, enterprises were blind to the risk it poses to their business. In the aftermath of Edward Snowden's revelations and the public outcry that followed, Kristina found a niche and laid the foundation to launch Integris Software.

 

When it comes to managing consumer data, it really is a matter of being communicative and crystal clear about what companies are doing with the data. Kristina explains more about the shift in public opinion that gave rise to GDPR and how that was set to impact companies in terms of compliance because the business and legal side of organizations were completely disconnected from the technology side. She also shares how companies can find the balance between systems, processes, and regulations vs. how consumers want to engage, why asking questions and looking for patterns is critical to innovation, and how she ensures her company isn't falling behind in the face of changing technology. As a bonus, Kristina also reveals her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated VC and technology space and her advice for women in pushing their ideas and themselves forward.

 

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

Kristina Bergman on LinkedIn

Kristina Bergman on Twitter @KristinaKerr

Integris Software

GDPR

Ignition Partners

HonestCo

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

 

Sep 13, 2019

How do you create a high-performing team where people are leaning into you as the leader, rather than you leaning into them? As a leader, what can you do to ensure you are creating an environment where your team thrives? There’s no better person to tap for insights than a former commander of a nuclear submarine, David Marquet.

 

Apart from serving as a nuclear submarine commander, David is a student of leadership and organizational design, author of the Amazon #1 bestseller, Turn the Ship Around! and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018. Today, he gives keynote speeches on the topics of leadership, how leaders can create workplaces where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, and nurturing teams where everyone is a leader.

 

As leaders, we often blame our people for not speaking up, but the problem is we have created environments where speaking up is unhealthy, unwanted, unwarranted, and unappreciated. David highlights some other deadly ingredients that make organizations ineffective and how to overcome them. We also dive into the shift of the role of leader from 'obey the clock' to 'control the clock,' from coerce to commit, from conform to connect. David shares his personal experience of what it was like to admit that he as a leader didn’t know all the answers and how that contributed to the change in the atmosphere of the team and some strategies for leaders to give up control and empower your team to lead. Find out how intent-based leadership makes the doers also be the deciders, and what this can do for your organization.

 

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

David Marquet

Turn the Ship Around!, by David Marquet

Leadership is Language: How Small Changes in What You Say Can Make a Huge Difference to Your Teams Results, by David Marquet

Leadership Nudges on YouTube

SS El Faro

Airbnb

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think,” by Arthur Brookes for The Atlantic

 

Sep 10, 2019

In this episode, we’re diving into the three critical phases of innovation — startup, scaleup, and screwup. That’s not a mistake — repeat guest on the podcast, Jurgen Appelo, has authored his second book with just that title and he explains just what that means.

 

In the ‘startup’ phase, companies are in the exploration stage, trying to validate the business model. Jurgen explains why companies need to adopt more of a startup ecosystem even if they’re just trying to launch a new product. The next stage is ‘scaleup’, where organizations look to optimize and deal with rising competition. Jurgen highlights the key differences between disruptive innovation vs sustaining innovation in this stage. ‘Screwup’ is a phase that can happen at any stage — when ideas die before being validated, or the business model becomes outdated and dies. Jurgen has some tips for helping move people through the emotional side of detaching themselves from their ideas to test what works best.

 

We also discuss Jurgen’s thoughts around helping people introduce better management with fewer managers. With lean, agile businesses, organizations can create self-organizing teams that can self-manage to a large extent. The result? Companies need fewer managers, not more. Jurgen also shares how organizations can move from traditional to self-organizing structures, and why continuous innovation means a shift from being responsive to change to being the one to drive the 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:

Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1767: “A Change Model That Will Help You Innovate And Gain The Edge With Jurgen Appelo

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, by Jurgen Appelo

Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders,
by Jurgen Appelo

Start-up Nation, by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

Tough Mudder

Fortnite

Sep 3, 2019

As a business, how do you figure out what your customers need, and how do you apply that customer-centric viewpoint to your internal processes so that it's infused into everything that you do? Jeff Gothelf joins me to dive into why it’s so important for us to understand customer behavior to create success for our businesses, and how to ask questions that really get to the core of your customers' minds and hearts.

 

Jeff is a coach, consultant, and keynote speaker who helps companies bridge the gap between business agility, digital transformation, product management, and human-centered design. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Lean UX, and the Harvard Business Review Press Book, Sense and Respond, and most recently co-founded Sense and Respond Press, a publishing house for practical business books for busy executives. His passion? Helping organizations build better products, and helping executives build a culture that builds products.

 

Business agility, digital transformation, product management, and human-centered design — the four pillars of a business that should work together, but are oftentimes siloed in how people think about them. Jeff explains how he approaches bridging this gap, and why it’s so important to work backward from customer behavior and outcomes to create the products customers need. Hint: there is a mindset and culture shift involved here! He also has some great tips on how to build a culture of learning, growing, and experimentation.

 

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:

Jeff Gothelf

Jeff Gothelf on Twitter

Jeff Gothelf on Medium

Jeff Gothelf on LinkedIn

Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams, by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously, by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster, by Alistair Croll
and Ben Yoskovitz

NPS is a waste of time. Use these metrics instead,” by Jeff Gothelf

Net Promoter Score

Aug 27, 2019

In recent years, there has been a massive shift in the business world from brands and businesses being a passive stage for culture, to one where they are active challengers of culture. The role of business in people's personal lives is very different than it was — the relationship between consumer and brand, and what we expect from businesses has changed. How does this change the way we think about the businesses and brands we lead? Alain Sylvain is just the expert we need to hear from on this topic.

 

Alain is the CEO of Sylvain Labs, where he champions the application of science and a little whimsy to identifying new product and brand opportunities that could change the world. This unique approach has led him and his company to create lasting results for clients including Google, Spotify, GM, Patagonia, Airbnb, and more.

 

What can corporate brands learn from the brands within the music industry, i.e. musicians and bands? According to Alain, a lot. He explains how they represent value systems and ideas their consumers identify with, and why this is so powerful. We discuss how brands can bring science and whimsy together and the recent shift in society where people identify more with brands than governments or religions. Alain shares what this means for brands, why they need to stand for something and operate with purpose and intention beyond just profit generation, and how focusing on the culture of doing good and the greater good can help drive innovation and innovative solutions.

 

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:

Alain Sylvain
Sylvain Labs
@Sylvain Labs on
Twitter, Instagram
Kiss
U2
BeyondBrands

NASA

Acorns

Oscar Insurance

Colin Kaepernick Ad for Nike

Gillette The Best A Man Can Be Campaign

Spotify

 

Aug 20, 2019

Today’s guest is not my usual kind of guest, but I have always believed in going wide and going deep in innovation. Looking outside our own backyard is sometimes necessary to avoid becoming too myopic in our outlook, which is why I have Marco Santarelli, real estate innovator, to join me today to share some of his insights that everyone can apply to their business.

 

Marco is the Founder and President of Norada Real Estate, a premier real estate investing firm that operates in a variety of markets across the country. He is also the host of the Passive Real Estate Investing Podcast, and has a book of the same name coming out in the fall.

 

What is it like, innovating within a structured industry like real estate? Marco explains why the real estate industry is ripe for opportunity and disruption, and the reason why it ultimately remains a people business, despite rising frustrations around technology taking over basic tasks. We also discuss the idea that risk is a function of a person, not the investment itself, and some of Marco’s surprising rules for real estate investing, including why it’s important to be market-agnostic. Tune in to learn more about Marco’s insights about innovating, and how to stand out and differentiate yourself in a crowded market.

 

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:

Marco Santarelli, Norada Real Estate

Passive Real Estate Investing Podcast

The Ultimate Guide to Passive Real Estate Investing, by Marco Santarelli

IQE Assessment

Zillow

Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki

 

Aug 13, 2019

What is your company’s culture? If you can’t define your company culture, how do you know if it even exists, or if it’s working or not? The truth is, every company has a culture — it just may not be the one that you want. So how can you stop killing your company culture? Tabitha Laser joins me on this episode to explain what it means to have a successful culture.

 

Tabitha is a coach, consultant, and keynote speaker with 25 years of experience in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, energy, chemical, manufacturing, and government. She is also the author of the newly released book, Organization Culture Killers, which reveals how leaders can build cultures of success.

 

Not having clear expectations, not being able to communicate, poor leadership — these are the top three culture killers and Tabitha shares why they so often lead to toxic cultures within an organization. Tabitha reveals her tools for communicating more effectively and being better listeners. From what people are doing with their fingers or their feet, paying attention to body language can help you communicate better! We also discuss the three aspects to think about when making any decision within the company: people, public, and performance, and the difference between management and leadership skills. Tune in to find out more about why a culture of ignorance could be hurting your company, and some surprising culture killers you wouldn’t even have imagined.

 

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:

Tabitha Laser

Organization Culture Killers, by T.A. Laser

Lie To Me TV Series

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Aug 6, 2019

Why do some things go viral and others don’t? Why do some ideas seem to spread like wildfire, and others fall flat? How do you create communication in ideas that are downright contagious? Tim Staples believes it’s less about the process and more about the emotion.

 

Tim Staples is the CEO and Co-Founder of the successful digital marketing company, Shareability. His company has created dozens of viral videos for Cristiano Ronaldo, The Olympic Channel, Cricket Wireless and more. Tim is also the author of Break Through the Noise: The 9 Rules to Capture Global Attention, which outlines his incredibly simple yet effective approach to going viral.

 

These days, barriers to entry are so low that anyone can start a business or share their message, which makes it so much harder to stand out. As Tim explains, the truth is, nobody cares, that’s why innovators need to shift their mindset to think about how they can align themselves with the person they’re trying to capture. Tim also shares the five shareable emotions that are the secret to going viral — happiness/joy, awe/wonder, empathy, curiosity, and surprise. This episode is really a study in human behavior and communication, so tune in if you want to know how to break through the noise, be heard and get your message to the right people.

 

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:

Tim Staples on LinkedIn

Tim Staples on Twitter

Tim Staples on Instagram

Shareability

Break Through the Noise: The 9 Rules to Capture Global Attention, by Tim Staples

Chewbacca Mask Video

Heineken Open Your World Campaign

Stranger Things

Colin Kaepernick

Tough Mudder

Joe De Sena

Spartan Race

If Cute Babies Competed in the Winter Games” | Olympic Channel

CRISTIANO RONALDO IN DISGUISE - ROC

I SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM !!!” Prince EA on YouTube

Poppy on YouTube

 

Jul 30, 2019

Why is it just as important to unlearn and relearn, as it is to learn something in the first place? Because what got you from point A to point B, isn’t going to get you from point B to point C. Bob Tinker is someone who has experienced just that, and in this episode, he joins me to talk about why, as innovators, we all have to change or be changed.

 

Bob Tinker was the founding CEO of MobileIron, an enterprise startup in the mobile security space that in eight years went from “three people and a whiteboard” to over $150M in annual revenue, over 12,000 enterprise customers, nearly 1,000 employees, and an IPO. He is also the author of Change or Be Changed, his latest book in the Survival to Thrival series. Bob shares more about his experience growing MobileIron, the different hurdles he faced at each stage, and how he was constantly surprised by how often things that used to work, stopped working.

 

Through the growth of his company, Bob reveals that his job as CEO changed three times during his time at MobileIron, but not his title. He explains how we can ensure that we evolve with the demands of our job, and what swimlanes have to do with your company and your role as a leader. We also dive into the importance of good onboarding, why culture inertia can hinder innovation, and why it’s so important for culture to be well-defined, but not dogmatic and rigid.

 

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

Bob Tinker on LinkedIn

MobileIron

Survival to Thrival: Building the Enterprise Startup Book 2: Change or Be Changed, by Bob Tinker and Tae Hea Nahm

Survival to Thrival: Building the Enterprise Startup Book 1: The Company Journey,
by Bob Tinker and Tae Hea Nahm

 

Jul 23, 2019

In an industry that’s changing and evolving rapidly, how can entrepreneurs stay ahead of the competition and encourage their team to innovate? It really boils down to a unique culture that reduces hierarchy, fosters independence, and rewards innovation. That’s exactly the kind of company Marcin Kleczynski has built with Malwarebytes.

 

At age 14, Marcin infected his family computer with a virus trying to download video games from the internet and had to turn to an online community to learn skills to fix the problem himself, after traditional tools failed. That incident inspired his interest in programming and eventually led to the founding of Malwarebytes, a company dedicated to helping consumers get rid of hard-to-clean computer viruses, malware and adware, and one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity companies in the market.

 

Cybersecurity is an industry that is changing constantly and even expanding in breadth. Marcin explains how he approaches keeping up with the changes and staying a leader in this space, as well as how he ensures that people on his team are engaged in the process of innovation — by adopting a ‘Shark Tank’ style approach to moving innovation forward. Malwarebytes is also recognized as an extremely innovative company and it is largely because of the unique culture Marcin has cultivated that contributes to innovation, and the bottom line.

 

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:

Marcin Kleczynski on LinkedIn

Malwarebytes

Symantec

McAfee

Crossing the Chasm, by Geoffrey Moore

RSA Conference on Cyber Security

 

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