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Jan 30, 2018

It’s as if information overload has taken over and I can’t figure out the difference between the noise and the junk. Know what I mean? And then I wonder, how am I supposed to innovate when I have no time or clarity? Our guest, Zach First, the Executive Director of the Drucker Institute (yes, founded by the management guru, Peter Drucker) talks to us on Inside LaunchStreet about the negative impact of “information obesity” and how having one part of your team or organization working and being innovative is like only having your knee work while the rest of the body is barely keeping it together.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:22] Zach loves singing in church because he isn’t standing out. The end goal is simple — just to sing!

[3:54] Zach gives some insight into the Drucker Institute. It was founded when Peter Drucker, the Father of Management, watched what happens firsthand when management fails to perform. The message of the Institute is to strengthen organizations by strengthening societies.

[6:34] The Drucker Institute just released an article in The WSJ, “The 250 Most Effectively Managed U.S. Companies — and How They Got That Way” Tamara questions how the management landscape of today has changed. Zach believes that part of the change is that management is obsessed with the latest and greatest things. The world is a lot more numerical than it has been in the past. The focus is on metrics and transparent data.

[9:52] Get introduced to Doris Drucker’s term, “information obesity.” It’s important to be careful how much and what kind of information you are consuming. Zach shares three tips to determine the metrics that are worth paying attention to for organization success.

[14:09] Tamara encourages Launchstreeters to apply the information obesity phrase to your life and carefully monitor your information intake.

[15:44] Listen in as Zach discusses how Peter Drucker compares management problems to the human body. Innovation can be compared to the beating heart. Every part of our organization should be engaged in innovation. Innovation is something more than property. It should be thought about as a systematic discipline that can be practiced throughout the organization. Tamara and Zach discuss silos.

[19:44] Zach mentions the East Company article by Rick Wartzman when talking about employees being the company’s greatest asset. We are at a standoff between loyalty between employer and employee. How much should companies spend on employees that show little loyalty?

[23:27] Zach’s article in The HBR, “Rethinking the Corporate Love Affair With Change” highlights why we need to rethink our views regarding change. It’s time to temper how we think about change in organizations. It’s imperative to consider human beings first and build your pace of change around them to achieve organizational success.

[26:12] Organizations often get into a cycle of chasing change. Zach gives listeners two valuable pieces of information. One: You don’t want to constantly be having organ transplants. Two: While you're chasing the competition, they are busy chasing you too!

[29:37] How does a leader manage both people who accept change and people who don’t accept change? How does the ping pong effect of the strategic optimist and the defensive pessimist combine to get work done?

[32:44] Zach and Tamara discuss how to get the ping pong going and a powerful assignment to develop ideas. The optimists and pessimists combine to reach an end solution that ends up with a product launch.

[35:36] Zach talks about some of the companies on the 250 Most Effectively Managed List. The crucial key in all of these all-stars is that they are able to maintain a focus in all five areas.

[39:56] Connect with Zach and his team at The Drucker Institute.

[40:26] The Drucker Institute has some exciting things happening in 2018. They are launching a data consulting service and an investment product available to everyday investors. They will also be awarding their annual $100,000 innovation prize to a non-profit.

[42:00] The most important piece of advice for Launchstreeters to lead in today’s world would be to remember that there is no wonder man or wonder woman. Be mindful of the peaks and valleys. Understand and be mindful of the things you do well and the things you need improvement on.

[43:28] Zach and Tamara discuss failure. Zach suggests that we should look at failure like it’s a gift. We should open it and discuss the failure. We should think about it, talk about it, put in on the shelf and look at it.

[45:46] How are organizations like people?

[49:01] Go to Innovation on Demand to find out how to get more people involved so you can create a more systemic approach to 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:

“The 250 Most Effectively Managed U.S. Companies — and How They Got That Way”

The Drucker Institute

 

Jan 23, 2018

Sometimes being an entrepreneur or innovator feels like signing up for a grueling event, day after day. So why do it? And how do you do it in a way that feels rewarding and like you are making an impact? That’s exactly what I asked seasoned serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Gladly, Michael Wolfe, when he came by Inside LaunchStreet. I think you’ll find his comments about why he keeps coming back for more and how he takes “breaks” between fascinating. Also, listen for how he talks about the mindset behind taking risks, adding value, and driving success. It might give you some insight into how you tackle your next big, messy project or business.

Key Takeaways:

[1:27] Mike shares that he’s unusual in that he keeps coming back for more! He has five startup companies, making him the ultimate serial entrepreneur! Listen in to find out his secret for success.

[3:00] How does Mike stay connected when he’s on “break”?

[5:23] Tamara challenges Launchstreeters when taking a break from the daily grind to take the opportunity to learn things that are outside of your category. Then, come back and apply the things you learned.

[7:10] Listen in to find out what motivates Mike to keep coming back for more.

[9:42] What is the difference between the startups that work and those that don’t work?

Why is it less about luck and more about timing? Get introduced to the term founder-market fit.

[13:16] Tamara shares the success story about Tough Mudder and how most people didn’t believe that it was a good idea.

[14:29] Gladly is selling mostly to B2C companies, anyone that has millions of consumers they’re supporting. The first question Mike asks is: Does your company have good customer service? Second, can consumers talk to you? (by mobile app, text, Twitter, Facebook?) Gladly is bringing all of the essential communication together.

[19:02] Consumers are comparing you to their experiences at other companies. If you have a customer service issue, it ends up in the media and spreads quickly. The bar continues to go up in customer satisfaction.

[20:13] Find out what lessons has Mike learned along the way trying to change legacy systems? Mike shares some things to look for when companies are demonstrating readiness to change.

[22:54] Startup companies and large companies can benefit from each other in a variety of ways. Mike talks about how to cross this bridge and meet in that gray area.

[27:11] Big companies tend to think of large capital investments. Everything is BIG! Innovation happens with lots of experiments. Often, the experiments don’t cost a lot.

 

Mike challenges Launchstreeters to deliver some small project today. Try a few things. Don’t wait until someone gives you a budget and permission to innovate. Prove it by doing something!

[30:04] Legacy thinking is all about getting the project done. The innovation is more about discovering what the project should be.

[30:38] What’s the role for the human factor in technology and innovations? Is the human factor more or less important today?

[33:49] Humans bring added value because they are the problem solvers. When technology is helping your industry, it probably means you’re in a growing industry where you are learning. Mike challenges listeners that no matter what career you are in, embrace technology.

[36:48] Connect with Mike at Gladly.com.

[37:09] Mike explains that the riskiest thing you can do is NOT innovate! It all starts with a mindset. Your personal mindset and your organization need to realize that change is going to continue to occur. Technology never ‘uninvents’ itself. You don’t have a choice to be innovative or not to be innovative.

{40:13] Tamara reminds listeners that being an entrepreneur is a way of thinking about where the gaps in the marketplace exist and then filling in the gap.

 

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:

Gladly

Product Hunt

Jan 16, 2018

Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions? Or maybe you know there is more potential inside of you that you aren’t tapping. I know we can’t be ON all the time but it wouldn’t it be great to feel energized and at your best at the place where you literally spend most of your life — work? I’m not talking about health, although that's important, I’m talking about leadership potential, the potential we all have in us. Today’s guest on Inside LaunchStreet, Jason Treu, is a leadership potential expert, executive coach to leaders and rising stars, and a TEDx speaker. We chat about why leadership is more than just a title and how to get past just “showing up” to work.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:01] Listen in to find out how Jason became passionate about maximizing potential performance.

[3:04] Tamara questions why and how accountability often slips by the wayside. Jason defines accountability as showing up even when you don’t want to, actually taking action, and moving into uncertainty. You have to be curious and own your own outcome.

[6:29] Who is responsible for attaining leadership skills? The employee or the leader?

Most often, employees don’t know what to do. They need to take self-development into their own hands.

[8:58] Jason suggests that entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs won’t make significant progress until all three leadership pillars are operating. Pillar 1: managing systems, having a knowledge of tools and best practices. Pillar 2: accessing mentors and coaches. Pillar 3: caring/finding support from others that understand.

[12:42] Jason and Tamara ‘groupthink’ uncovering blind spots. Your brain is wired not to let you see them. You have to go through different processes to find them. Jason shares a powerful example of how a sales associate overcame shame and is now sharing her experience with clients. Vulnerability helps to build a solid, permanent relationship.

[18:29] Tamara and Jason discuss the power of vulnerability. Google spent millions of dollars to find out what kind of people make up the perfect team. Find out why psychological safety topped the list included in all high-performing teams.

[21:25] Tamara shares that she used to schedule no meetings on Friday but instead would spend the day taking her team to coffee and get to know the team. This developed a trusting, caring relationship that increased her team’s performance. Jason believes that the most important pillar is caring.

[25:18] Jason reminds us that humanity and emotions should not be put in the back seat. You need to be yourself, even at work, not a composition of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Loneliness is at its highest rate, at 40 percent, in human history. Humans need connection. It’s as important as eating, drinking, and breathing. You have to have go-to people.

[30:04] How did we get to this point of few connections and loneliness?

[32:33] Tamara challenges Launchstreeters to take the time to build connections and bonds and add the layer of collaboration to find joy.

[35:14] Jason created a game called, Cards Against Mundanity, to help people build leadership skills. The game creates the magic; it creates empathy. Empathy is going through a similar emotion, not experience. Common experiences create bonds and productivity raises. If you have a friend at work, your productivity goes up 7X.

[38:25] Leading teams and team builders must take a step back and work on the foundation: vulnerability, potential, and connections. The real success is in the soft skills.

[40:30] Jason shares some tips on how to overcome the hurdle when we ask our team to innovate and make behavior changes.

[43:20] Connect with Jason here.

[44:40] Tamara reminds listeners that innovation requires you to be fully present. Contributing in a meaningful way actually elevates your engagement. Tamara challenges listeners to focus on unlocking your innovation muscles because then your engagement will rise naturally.

 

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:

TEDx Talk: “How to Get CoWorkers to Like Each Other”

Arthur Aron Study

Cards Against Mundanity

Jan 9, 2018

Do you ever wish you had insight into those big trends that are going to impact your business before you are talking about them in the past tense? Sometimes I feel like I don’t really recognize the big trends that impact my customers’ world and their expectations of me until I’m seeing them in the rearview mirror. Not in 2018! This time we are going to look forward at the big business trends of 2018 so we can leverage them to outmaneuver the marketplace before it outmaneuvers us. We are kicking off the year with Rohit Bhargava, innovation and trend thought leader, to talk about this recently published trends report, Non-Obvious Trends: how to predict trends and win the future. We talk Enlightened Consumption, Manipulated Outrage and how you can be a trend curator in your world.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:18] Rohit shares that he is a drummer and a percussionist. He can rub his tummy and pat his head.

[3:36] Rohit talks about how the secret to understanding the future is understanding the present. The prediction is that the idea or thing is going to accelerate. Why is intersection important to business trends?

[5:22] Find out why are most trend predictions are useless?

[7:10] Rohit defines trend: a curated observation (observing multiple things and putting it together) of the accelerated present.

[8:42] Rohit and Tamara discuss enlightened consumption — becoming more conscious of the choices we make.

[13:56] Lightspeed learning describes the expectation that we can learn to do anything almost instantly. Rohit shares the story of an eight-year-old boy driving himself and his sister to McDonald's to get a cheeseburger. He learned to drive by watching YouTube videos.

[15:32] Tamara questions if lightspeed learning helps to be more creative and innovative? Rohit talks about Fender Online Guitar Lessons and how people expect to learn to play well fast. How do you communicate with your team and customers at lightning speed?

[17:19] Is there a magic formula in trends? How do we ensure that people don’t hack knowledge? There needs to be a balance between deep learning and lightspeed learning. We don’t want our oral surgeon learning to operate on YouTube.

[18:07] Get introduced to manipulated outrage. Who’s profiting from manipulated outrage? The more angry people are, the more they seem to care. People care about the stuff we hate. As a consumer, how are we letting ourselves be manipulated?

[20:11] Manipulated outrage is becoming so pervasive in our culture. You see it everywhere. Rohit offers suggestions for responding to it. If watching cable news outrages you, stop watching it. Find news from unlikely curators you trust, like

The Skimm. Tamara shares that after The Skimm became wildly successful, CNN, Huffington Post, and others tried to copy Skimm and deliver news facts to people in boxes. They missed the boat, though, regarding the non-obvious trends behind it.

[23:32] Rohit and Tamara discuss the human mode. There’s lots of tension and confusion between technology and the human touch. Rahat believes that in many cases people prefer and trust the human touch. The human mode may be a premium option from now on. Having real people is an alternative but not necessarily a default.

[26:00] Tamara reminds Launchstreet listeners that the human touch is a mode, it’s not a spectrum. Rohit introduces the human library: a library of volunteer people where you can check out a person for a half hour conversation. This is happening in South Australia. The human library helps you understand people, culture and increases empathy.

[28:47] How do the business trends affect innovation efforts? How does crossing industries help to see the connections? Get introduced to the “idea collector.”

[31:58] Tamara challenges Launchstreet listeners to capture everything that makes you go “huh,” and write down why it made you go “huh.”

[32:10] Rohit shares key skills for Launchstreeters to employ to predict the future. First, be observant, seeing processes in action. Second, be fickle — save something because you think it's interesting but you don’t put pressure on yourself to figure out its meaning in the moment, you move on. Third, be elegant: Every word is intentional. It’s chosen because of its significance.

[36:46] Were there any surprises in trends for 2018? What happens when things shift over time?

[38:24] Find out why Rohit considers himself a near futurist. Tamara questions if Rohit has ever connected the trends over time. Rohit is working with Microsoft right now to develop a data visualization of trend elements.

[40:02] Connect with Rohit at The Non-Obvious Company, and on his website.

[41:00] Rohit advises Launchstreeters to expand their media diet and read something different.

[1:34] Tamara suggests that you go to Gotolaunchstreet.com and start using Innovation on Demand to get ahead of the competition and rock 2018!

 

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:

Non-Obvious 2018 Edition: How To Predict Trends And Win The Future, by Rohit Bhargava

Fender Online Guitar Lessons

The Skimm

Next Draft

Brain Pickings

Jan 2, 2018

Does telling people your goals make you nervous? Yeah, me too! What if I don’t succeed? What if I do? But, we are in this together and because we are a community of innovators, I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing the big pushes. Where Inside LaunchStreet is headed — what we are going to start, stop, and keep doing. The big dreams and how-tos. My hope in sharing is that you’ll start to think about your goals, what you need to change, and how to take massive action in 2018! It’s game time, LaunchStreeters, let’s do this together!

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:00] Join Tamara as she puts her business innovation out there, pulls back the curtain and shares where Inside Launchstreet is headed in 2018.

[3:34] Tamara states that you have to keep changing and evolving. As you listen to the podcast, ask yourself how you are going to change and evolve in your arena.

Inside Launchstreet’s 2018 business strategy is going to focus on three things — 1: What am I going to stop doing? 2: What am I going to start doing? and 3: What am I going to keep doing?

[6:05] Podcast, innovation on demand, innovation quotient edge assessment and keynotes will all be filtered by using the three-question process.

[7:06] Tamara shares that the 2018 theme will consider everyday impact, surprise, and delight.

[8:55] Why is Inside Launchstreet’s growth goal 12x? What does it take to achieve 12x growth?

[10:20] The podcast is crushing it! The most frequent request is more guest interviews per week and more Q&A with Tamara. In the future, look for more intrapreneurs and innovators inside organizations that disrupt and change the game at work.

[14:22] Tamara is going to devote more time to engage in the closed Facebook groups. There is a group for entrepreneurs and a group for intrapreneurs. She’s excited to connect with you on Facebook. You’ll find podcasts, tips, and nuggets of inspiration.

[16:58] The Innovation quotient edge assessment (IQE) tells you your ideal edge so that you can innovate at the top of your game. Podcast guests will now be taking the IQE before their interview. This will help the listener identify insight into their own innovative self and will help them be an innovation rockstar! Take the IQE here.

[19:14] Keynotes create an innovation experiment together. Tamara loves connecting with people and sharing wisdom with others. The only shift will be building more relationships with speakers, bureaus, and agents.

[20:46] LaunchStreet On Demand is our microlearning online programs. It provides you with the top innovation mindset tools, resources, and ideas. It’s for both individuals and teams. Find out what shift is happening with outreach.

[23:13] In 2018, Launchstreet will be partnering with associations in industries that are experiencing change and recognize that innovation will leverage the change.

Members will become leaders and have access to the best resources out there.

Reach out to Tamara if you have ideas for associations.

[27:10] Twenty-five years of experience, knowledge, and learning are going into Tamara’s experiential, digital book. She’s creating an engaging playbook that will bring to life content through stories. The reader will connect through emotions. It will have lots of RSA visuals, interactive content, and videos. It will be available in digital and printed copy. The goal is to have it available in Fall 2018.

[32:15] If you have advice or ideas to share, please go to the Facebook groups and share. LaunchStreet is a place where we can think differently, learn and grow.

[33:04] Listen in to learn about Tamara’s abundance mantra. She challenges LaunchStreet listeners to create their own mantra.

 

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:

Entrepreneur Facebook Group

Intrapreneur Facebook Group

IQE Assessment

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