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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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Oct 27, 2020

We can all agree that we are living in very uncertain times. Uncertainty is one of those things that has always been around, but it has been amplified in a big way right now. We don’t know where things are headed, or what’s coming next, and everything just feels uncertain. However, instead of complaining about the uncertainty, if we start thinking about uncertainty as opportunity in disguise, we can set ourselves up for greater growth, success, and impact than ever before.

Once certainty is removed from the picture, we try to add certainty where we can, but this holds us back and keeps us from moving forward. What we need to do is to start finding new ways forward, and learn to take advantage of the situation in different ways. Instead of worrying about bringing certainty into things, start thinking about where the opportunities lie. I share some of the traps to avoid and three things that will help you see that uncertainty is really just opportunity in disguise. The thing is, you can’t prepare for uncertainty — but you can prepare for the ability to adapt and pivot, to find the opportunities in uncertainty.

 

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:

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

 

Oct 20, 2020

We often talk about change at the grand scale of change, but equally if not more important, is change at the personal level. We’ve all encountered this in our teams and organizations — people are resistant to change and the struggle to get them on board for change. The key to unlocking this lies in recognizing that people don’t fear change, they fear being changed. If we can take the “being” out of it, we can get them on board with change.

 

I share the four main reasons why people resist change:

  1. Because it’s happening to us and we’re not in control

  2. Because we fear the unknown — not knowing what to do, being left behind, uncertainty, getting it wrong

  3. Because our lizard brain sees change as unsafe and risky

  4. Because we are afraid of changing who we are fundamentally as a person

 

Understanding these four reasons for fearing change can help us address these fears and get people on board with three simple strategies — giving control back to the people around you, investing in them, and acknowledging all effort. Really, at the end of the day, it’s about empowering people to tackle 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:

How to Ignite Innovation, Influence Others and Lead Strong in Challenging Times Webinar on Oct 22

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

 

Oct 13, 2020

Many people have approached me expressing frustration in this time — with themselves, and their teams. They feel stuck and unable to unlock new paths of innovation, but the problem is we tend to fall into the trap of asking one question in one way, but expecting a plethora of different types of answers. The trick to overcoming this is to ask different questions to get to new innovations and solutions, but what questions do we ask? How can we ask better and different questions to lead us to new channels of thinking and innovative solutions?

A very simple yet effective exercise to help us ask different questions is something I call “Word Games.” Start by articulating the problem you’re trying to solve in a simple way. Then, change one key word in the problem or question you’re trying to solve. That’s it. By changing keywords in the question or problem, we can shift our patterns of thinking and approach the problem differently. This is not about finding the one right question that's going to be the end-all, be-all, and then using that question. It’s about asking the question in multiple ways because different questions get to different lanes of thinking and different ideas. I share more about how this works in practice with some examples, and how this can help to unlock innovation not just for yourself, but also in 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:

How to Ignite Innovation, Influence Others and Lead Strong in Challenging Times Webinar on Oct 22

Innovation is Everybodys Business, by Tamara Ghandour

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Mad Libs

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

 

Oct 6, 2020

With all my work in the area of innovation, I’ve had the realization that innovation can be energizing, but at the same time, exhausting. Being exhausted and being energized by innovation are just two sides of the same coin — we just need to know how to manage and minimize the exhaustion that comes with innovation, and how to tap into what energizes us about it.

Innovation is an incredibly positive thing that helps us solve sticky challenges and unearth opportunities that are hiding in plain sight. However, whether it’s learning a new skill, taking risks, or operating under more pressure, it is exhausting and requires more mental energy, which can take a toll on us and drain us. The key here is giving ourselves grace to manage the exhaustion that comes with dealing with sustained stress and blazing new trails. I share some of my top strategies for tackling the exhaustion, as well as why it’s okay to take a nap in the middle of the day.

On the energizing side of innovation, I’m sure we can all relate to how satisfied and motivated we feel when we solve a sticky challenge or go in the pursuit of blazing new paths. That’s why it’s crucial that we spend more time intentionally innovating to get that feel-good energy and satisfaction. At the end of the day, it is completely normal and natural to be energized AND exhausted by innovation — giving ourselves permission to rest and recharge, while engaging in intentional innovation is what will get us to the top.

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:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Free Innovation Workshop

3-part Innovation Mini-course: How To Ignite Innovation, Influence Others and Add Massive Value

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Sep 29, 2020

I’ve been getting some questions from people in the Free Innovation Workshop about the Everyday Innovators Tribe membership program, designed to unlock your innovation potential, create massive impact, and help you lead strong in your team or organization. I wanted to tackle these questions and give you some insights about what the program is all about, and how you stand to benefit from it.

 

I dig into these five questions:

  1. I’m not on FB much. Will I get value if I’m not on it?

  2. How do I buy for my team?

  3. Does my team member need to be a certain level (e.g. leadership level) to join the Everyday Innovators Tribe?

  4. If I feel totally lacking in innovation or creativity — will the Everyday Innovators Tribe help me change that?

  5. Why is the price so low given how much you get? I'm suspicious — do I have to buy in every time I do a jam session or a Q&A?

 

Such great questions, and I think you’ll be surprised by some of my 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:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Free Innovation Workshop

Email the Everyday Innovators Team

Sep 22, 2020

2020 has been a year like no other, and we only have just over a quarter of the year left. So much that is happening is out of our control — the pandemic, the economy, working from home, the elections — but despite everything that has happened so far, we can still finish the year strong. What’s more, we can start 2021 strong. What we need to do is to focus on our own abilities to innovate, influence, and make an impact.

To help you do that, I’ve launched the Everyday Innovator’s Tribe and a free innovation workshop to help you become a better leader and innovator by giving you the tools to apply innovation to your world.

I want to share seven key things participants are saying about the workshop, the content in there, and about being a part of the Everyday Innovators Tribe, including how people feel empowered to take action with the real-world tactics and exercises I share, how they are influencing others and getting noticed, and how they are now able to pivot fast and effectively to see and take advantage of new opportunities.

 

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:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Free Innovation Workshop

Sep 15, 2020

Would you like to know what the future holds? You already have the answers within your organization — you just have to know where to look, and how to listen. Geoff Thatcher explains how we can all get into the CEO’s Time Machine to start innovating the future.

Geoff Thatcher is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Creative Principals, and an experienced designer. Since the age of 14, he has worked at theme parks, museums, and visitors centers and focuses on experiences. When the pandemic hit, Geoff’s main business had to hit pause, but he took the opportunity to bring to life a book he had been sitting on for some time — The CEO’s Time Machine.

The only way to invent the future is to go there and then look back. To Geoff, it's a matter of perspective. He explains his approach to helping people shift their perspective from the anchors that are holding them in today, to something in the future, and why it’s so important to hear others and be heard. Geoff shares why he believes we need to listen to young people and avoid shutting them down, how to set expectations in innovation, and why the future is truly only limited by our perspective, our imagination, and our creativity.

 

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:

Geoff Thatcher

The CEOs Time Machine, by Geoff Thatcher

Inside Launchstreet Podcast Episode: “The Power of Zoning In on Your Customers and Front Lines Advice

When Women Don't Speak,” Research conducted in BYU Accounting Program

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

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Sep 8, 2020

How can you become a better leader and innovator? The three keys to your success are in focusing on innovation, influence, and impact. By focusing on bringing these three things to life, you can ensure that you will go further, faster.

Innovation is all about thinking differently about what’s right in front of you to create an advantage. It’s something we talk about very often on LaunchStreet, and I share some of my strategies to unlock your innovation.

Innovative ideas are nothing if you do not get buy-in from others to execute and implement these ideas. That’s where influence comes in. It’s really all about communicating ideas and including them in the process of innovation and igniting innovation in those around you.

The last key is Impact, which is the value you create. By being an indispensable member of your team, and being the person whose ripple effect can be felt across your world, you can unlock your own success.

I share more about these three keys to your success as well as some real-life examples from our tribe, so be sure to tune in.

 

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:

4-Part Innovation Workshop

Everyday Innovator Style

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Sep 1, 2020

In an effort to drive innovation and create accountability for innovation, many companies have established a dedicated innovation team that is solely responsible for innovation. The unintended consequence of that is that everybody else in the team or organization gets the message that they're not innovative and their ideas don't matter. The unintended consequences of siloing innovation are not only that people become discouraged and disengaged, but we’re also leaving a lot of human potential on the table. In addition to that, when it comes to implementation, it can be a challenge to get buy-in from people who have had no say in the innovation process.

How can we avoid the negative consequences of siloing innovation while still having accountability? As leaders, we need to be moving away from being the “doers” of innovation and become “enablers” of innovation. We need to create jobs that allow space for innovation and give our team members the resources and tools to innovate. I also share a little about how an innovation feedback loop can help, and how we can create this shift away from innovation occurring in silos.

 

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:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour on Facebook

4-Part Innovation Workshop

Everyday Innovator Style

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Aug 25, 2020

One of the fields that drive innovation, customer experience, and new ways of thinking is the sports world. As an industry that is always looking to outdo the previous year’s “performance,” the sports industry gives rise to a lot of innovation that can be applied to other industries. To share some insights about this, Fielding Jamieson, Strategy Director at Global Sport Venture Studio (GSVS), an initiative that's looking to bring together the world's leading sports organizations to collaborate with each other and engage with startups in the overall sports innovation ecosystem, joins me on the podcast.

 

So where do sports and innovation intersect? We kick off the conversation by discussing how the sports industry is reacting to the current issues around race and the Black Lives Matter movement, and its impact on culture. Fielding highlights how sports teaches you to take ownership and own up to your mistakes, and why this is so important to be adaptive to changes on the ground. She also shares more about the balance between encouraging people to try new things and keeping the nostalgia of the past, the investment of time and resources into innovation in sports, and how brands are keeping up with changing customer needs.

 

Fielding’s insights about brand loyalty, how to keep the customer relationship going through this pandemic, and what we need to do to make the customer experience special are sure to be applicable to your industry as well. We also discuss resistors to innovators in the sports industry, why startups are so important, and why we need to be thinking about opening people’s minds, rather than changing them.

 

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:

Fielding Jamieson on LinkedIn

Global Sport Venture Studio

R/GA Ventures

Lindsey Vonn Documentary

Snacks.com

Spartan

Crossfit

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Aug 18, 2020

We all think about creativity and innovation differently, and we often use them interchangeably without even thinking about it. Unfortunately, not having a clear definition makes being innovative feel out of reach for everyday people, creates misunderstandings around expectations and outcomes, and makes it difficult to communicate and collaborate.

I want to clear up the confusion between creativity and innovation, and about innovation itself. This definition of innovation will change the game for you and empower you to be the innovator that you’re meant to be and ignite innovation in your team. So, the way I distinguish creativity and innovation is to think about creativity as the pursuit of artistic endeavors, while innovation is thinking differently about what's right in front of you to create an advantage. I explain why this definition works and how it can be applied to your own workplace, as well as how this definition takes away that "out-of-the-box" fear that most of us have.

I'm also releasing a special 4-Part Innovation Workshop in September where I cover:

1) How to be a confident innovator (how to overcome internal resistors to change)

2) The language of innovation (how to get buy-in for your ideas)

3) The culture of innovation (how to ignite innovation in your team)

4) Bonus!

 

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:

4-Part Innovation Workshop

 

Aug 11, 2020

Each and every one of us is different. We have different perspectives, different styles of innovation, and different approaches to tackling problems. Yet, it is often the case that these differences are a cause of friction because we are so focused on being harmonious and avoiding conflict. We fail to leverage and get value out of the differences that each of us brings to the table.

When we don’t take the time to understand this friction that exists and our unique perspectives, it can bog us down. When we understand that each of us brings our own unique style of thinking, we can turn that into our competitive advantage to elevate our solutions and strengthen innovation.

I share more about the Everyday Innovator Style — a combination of nine different ways of innovating that are different for each of us. Through some examples from my own experiences, I explain what happens when we do not understand how each of us innovates — we have a hard time valuing that type of innovation. I also have some examples of how you can bring more innovation to your team and organization, just by understanding and working with everyone’s differences.

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

Eight Strategies Download

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Aug 4, 2020

Are you struggling with time management? Do you feel like you never have enough time to cross off all the things on your ‘to-do’ list, and start being innovative? Trust me, you’re not alone, and I have some tips for you to start managing your time better.

Time management is internally driven. Particularly when it feels like others are sucking our time, the responsibility lies on us to manage our own time to make things easier and less stressful by allowing more time and mental space back into our day. That’s where priority management comes in.

We may think that categorizing tasks into marketing, strategy, finances, etc. can help, but it doesn't necessarily move us forward — and it didn’t help me get things done. We often mistake checking things off a list with real productivity that moves things forward, but what we need to be doing is prioritizing tasks that really make an impact. When I realized that time management is really about priority management, my world changed. Ask yourself: What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

When you ask yourself that question every day, you’ll be on your way to managing your time so much 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:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Innovation is Everybodys Business, by Tamara Ghandour

Everyday Innovator's Tribe

The One Thing, by Gary Keller

 

Jul 28, 2020

A question I often get is, “How do I know when I should collaborate and when I shouldn’t?” In our current work-from-home situations, a lot of us may be suffering from collaboration fatigue from being on virtual meetings all the time, which makes us feel like we’re “collaborating” all day long without seeing any real benefit of these meetings. That’s why it is important for us to consider not just when, but how we should be collaborating.

 

The thing is, we tend to confuse meetings with actual collaboration. However, we need to be thinking about when collaboration is appropriate and how we want to do it. I share an experience I had from working in corporate, and how my team came up with the four reasons we would use to drive our collaboration — to brainstorm, to build, to debate, and to decide. I explain why these four reasons are the keys to knowing when and how we should collaborate in our teams to drive innovative solutions, to problem solve, and to create better outcomes for the team and the 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:

8 Strategies Highly Innovative Business Leaders Are Using Now to Bring Value to Their Organizations

Jul 21, 2020

How many of us have used the convenient excuse of “they” for our mistakes or failures? “They” didn’t get it, “they” rejected the plan, “they” didn’t give me the tools I needed to succeed. We’ve all done it, but it is so counterproductive to innovation and creates a toxic culture of blame, and this is bad for not just innovation but also company culture.

In the last of a four-part interview series where amazing business leaders interview me about innovation, Kris Boesch, the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that supports organizations in solving challenging people problems, dons the interviewer’s hat. Together, we dig into why we get caught up in pushing blame to others, and how to overcome ‘they’ syndrome.

Words and the language we use are incredibly powerful. Kris and I explore the power of the word “they” and how this can put the brakes on our innovation efforts. In order to innovate, we need accountability and ownership, but the word “they” keeps us in the trap of blame pushing. I share some examples of when this evolved into a toxic company culture, and how simply removing it from the vocabulary can lead to immense mindset shifts. The word “they” is also critical when it comes to communicating ideas and how we communicate our innovation can force us into an us-vs.-them situation, rather than a ‘we’ situation. The truth is, ideas can’t stand on their own without being properly communicated to others — and I share some of my tips for proactively dealing with people’s obstacles and challenges, just by changing your language.

 

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:

Kris Boesch, Choose People

David Marquet

Turn The Ship Around!, by David Marquet

Strategies to Get Legacy Thinkers Behind Innovation

Inside Launch Street Podcast Episode 1906: “Debate Ideas, Not People

 

 

Jul 14, 2020

We all know that everyone thinks differently, but did you know that male and female brains are actually wired differently from a neurological perspective? That’s why men and women think differently and it can have very significant impacts on how we relate to one another in the workplace. Kate Lanz joins us on this episode to dive into the science behind our gendered brains, and how we can tap into that to drive innovation.

Kate Lanz is the founder and CEO of Mindbridge, a UK-based global leadership company specializing in the power of modern neuroscience and releasing latent brain potential. She is also a trained neuropsychologist who works as a leadership coach and organizational psychologist. Her new book, All the Brains in the Business: The Engendered Brain in the 21st Century Organisation, dives into brain gender difference and how it impacts the workplace.

What are the differences between female and male brains from a science perspective and how does that show up at work? Kate explains how our brains vary in terms of neural connectivity, hormone levels, and stress responses, and this can really translate to different working styles in a team. Figuring out what kind of brains you have on your team, and how to leverage them can give leaders the edge on getting teams to work together better, in brain-friendly ways. Kate also shares more about managing our emotions to get into ‘thrive” mode, leading the brain in times of crisis, and risk-taking behavior in women vs men.

 

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:

Kate Lanz on LinkedIn

Mindbridge.co.uk

All the Brains in the Business: The Engendered Brain in the 21st Century Organisation, by Kate Lanz and Paul Brown

 

Jul 7, 2020

Many of us fear debate and conflict within our teams but when it comes to being innovative, it is absolutely critical. The thing is, we don’t always have the right or best idea right out the gate, so questioning and debating help strengthen ideas. Yet, it needs to be constructive conflict to be effective. How can we encourage that in our teams?

 

In the third of a four-part interview series where amazing business leaders interview me about innovation, Kris Boesch, the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that supports organizations in solving challenging people problems, dons the interviewer’s hat. Together we dig into what we as leaders can do to promote constructive conflict on our teams.

 

Constructive conflict needs to be respectful, and we need to debate ideas, not people. I share some of my strategies to help promote this in our teams, including presenting ourselves in a way that allows that space for constructive conflict. It is also important that we have the element of psychological safety, through vulnerability and trust, on our teams. Debate and constructive conflict can be done in a respectful way by being kind, candid and constructive, and coming from a place of care, concern, and curiosity, and not a place of judgment or assumption. By leveraging the friction that naturally exists between our different Everyday Innovator styles, we can turn it into something positive and drive better 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:

Kris Boesch, Choose People

Everyday Innovator Syles, IQE

World War Z

Kettering Foundation

Hello Bench Project

 

Jun 30, 2020

When we think of driving innovation, we often go straight to changing processes to push innovation, but in reality, what we need to be changing is people’s mindsets around how they view innovation. Chuck Swoboda is a strong believer that to get different behaviors, you have to start with different beliefs, and he joins me on this episode to explore how we can help people adopt an innovation mindset.

 

Chuck Swoboda is Innovator-in-Residence at Marquette University, President of Cape Point Advisors, and retired Chairman and CEO of Cree, Inc. As the co-inventor on more than 25 patents covering LEDs and lighting technology, with over 30 years of experience, Chuck is well-versed with being innovative and enabling innovation in others. His latest book The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible dives into how we can tap into our innovative selves.

 

Innovation is much more about mindset than anything else. Chuck and I discuss what our roles are in being innovators in a time of crisis, and how we can change the mindset of being uncomfortable and uneasy with upheaval to that of seeing the opportunities. Chuck also shares more about the role of fear in limiting innovation, why it is easier to embrace risk in trying new ideas during crisis times, and how we can get our teams to embrace constructive conflict. How can we avoid getting bogged down in today’s problems, but instead look to the future and solve tomorrow’s problems and see the opportunities there? Chuck has a few key tips on this and how we can get over the hurdles that limit our innovative spirit.

 

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

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Chuck Swoboda

The Innovators Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible,
by Chuck Swoboda

Innovators on Tap Podcast

For Industry Leaders, Social Distancing Is An Opportunity To Seize Not A Problem To Solve,” by Chuck Swoboda for Forbes

 

Jun 23, 2020

When we think about innovation, we’re often thinking about coming up with the best solutions and creative ways to problem-solve. However, spending some time thinking about the questions we’re asking and the problem we’re trying to solve can help create better solutions. So why do we spend too much time on the solutions and not enough on the questions, and how can we start questioning our questions?

In the second of a four-part interview series where amazing business leaders interview me about innovation, Kris Boesch, the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that supports organizations in solving challenging people problems, dons the interviewer’s hat. Together we dig into how we can change our perspectives and start asking deeper questions.

Too often, we get stuck trying to solve superficial problems and addressing the symptoms of the issue instead of getting to the root of the problem. Getting better solutions starts with brainstorming around the questions we're asking. Try asking:

1. Why do I have this challenge?

2. What else does this challenge impact?

3. Why do I need to solve this challenge, to begin with?

 

Kris also shares some insights on dealing with toxic work cultures, the importance of being “kind, candid and constructive,” and the role of constructive conflict in 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…

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Mentioned in This Episode:

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Kris Boesch, Choose People

John Lee Dumas

Jun 16, 2020

When it comes to change and getting people to change, as leaders we recognize that it can often feel really hard to implement, and pushing for change can lead to failed efforts. So what are we doing wrong that keeps up from making change work? Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon join me to dig into how we can lead successful change in our organizations and teams.

 

Gregory P. Shea is adjunct professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Cassie Solomon is the President and Founder of The New Group Consulting, Inc where she coaches leaders and consults to organizations on the design and implementation of strategic change. Greg and Cassie are co-authors of Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work, where they share their tested method for leading successful change, developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

 

Changing the environment is often touted as a way to drive innovation and collaboration. The thing is, making superficial changes to the environment (e.g. with a ping pong table) doesn't help change the system needed to allow for innovation and collaboration. Greg and Cassie explain some of the tenets of making change successful and what has made their approach so successful. They also share more about change fatigue, how it creates resistance and makes people discouraged in wanting to change, and why the holistic approach to leading change helps set a company or team up for adapting and innovating.

 

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

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Gregory Shea

Cassie Solomon, The New Group Organizational Consulting

Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work, by Gregory Shea and Cassie Solomon

 

Jun 9, 2020

Have you ever had an idea and automatically shut it immediately down thinking, “No, that won’t work at all,” and then found that you couldn’t come up with any groundbreaking solutions? That’s because it’s next to impossible to innovate and analyze at the same time. So, why is it so difficult to innovate and analyze at the same time, to the point that you can’t do it at all, and it shuts down all innovation?

 

In this episode, where Kris Boesch, the CEO and Founder of Choose People dons the interviewer’s hat, we dig into the neuroscience and environmental factors that make it almost impossible to innovate and analyze at the same time, as well as how to overcome this problem.

 

We often shut down our own wild ideas, and as leaders, we shut others down as well. This stunts innovation, and prevents great ideas from emerging, so how do we disrupt that? Recognize what’s happening, and start thinking about innovation and analysis as two different steps, one before the other. We also explore what leaders can do to really support that innovation of thinking, how to keep innovation pathways open as leaders by avoiding the common pitfalls and mistakes, as well as how perfectionism and innovation are interrelated.

 

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:

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Kris Boesch, Choose People

Burst of Innovation Three Ways Virtual Meetings Can Be More Innovative Than Live

 

Jun 2, 2020

We’re often asking our teams to come up with better solutions and innovative ideas by “thinking outside the box,” but what if we really need to be thinking about moving to a different box entirely? Steven Shapiro is an expert in pushing people to consider alternative perspectives, changing the questions, and challenging the assumptions.

 

Word-renowned innovation keynote speaker and author Stephen Shapiro has presented his provocative strategies on innovation to audiences in 50 countries for over 20 years. During his 15-year tenure with the consulting firm Accenture, he led a 20,000-person innovation practice. He is the author of six books, including his latest Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems, where he shares his systematic approach to deal with any problem by asking better questions.

 

So how do we ask better questions? Steven shares more about why it’s important to take what we think is the opportunity or problem and look at it through different perspectives, and why questions have such a powerful impact on innovation. We also discuss how to identify solutions masquerading as questions, addressing explicit vs. implicit questions, and how to avoid assumptions. Find out more about the challenges with brainstorming, and how to work within the constraints we have.

 

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)

Steven Shapiro

Accenture

Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems, by Steven Shapiro

 

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…

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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)

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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

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