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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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Dec 31, 2019

This episode’s question comes from Ed in the real estate industry who finds that his time is often sucked up doing busywork. How can he carve out and protect the time of day where he’s at his best to do the things that actually move the needle forward?

A lot of us know that we engage in activities that are busywork and don’t really move your business forward but not many of us realize just how much time we lose doing this. I suggest tracking all the activities you do in a day, and then assessing if these are activities that move the needle forward or are just busywork. You may be surprised at the results.

I also have some suggestions for you to protect your time, so that you can stay in the high-performance zone where you’re doing the things that matter.

Strategy #1: Have an 18-minute time cap on meetings. 

Strategy #2: Ease into it.

Strategy #3: Block out time in your calendar to focus on high-value activities.

Strategy #4: Start your day earlier and work around the busy times of your business.

Strategy #5: Reduce work that doesn’t move the needle forward.

It all comes back down to tracking where your time is going so that you can start addressing the problem and protecting your best hours to dedicate to the activities that really make a difference.

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions

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

Dec 27, 2019

Too often, we get caught in looking at where we are and trying to work forward, which results in quite a bit of incremental improvement. Instead, we should be looking to the future and looking backward to see how we could get there using the technologies and capabilities available. This is what produces more innovative and transformational thinking — an area in which Herb Schul specializes.

Herb is the EY Americas Advisory Markets, Sectors, and Solutions Leader, and is responsible for driving Advisory go-to-market strategy, approach, and execution. His team plays a key role in leading the continued development and execution of issue-based, sector-relevant solutions to help drive greater connectivity and enable clients to thrive in the Transformative Age. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Herb helped provide others the opportunity to grow and succeed through their client experiences and leadership development roles.

What does it really mean to be transformative and how does that differ from being disruptive? Herb and I discuss why companies struggle with the idea of dual transformation — in reality, running a business and doing what you do currently while transforming into something different is a very difficult concept to grasp. He explains how ‘future back’ can help organizations move towards being more transformative, and highlights some things to be mindful of when going through a transformation. Herb also has some insights into why transformation needs to be a part of the ecosystem of the organization, rather than occurring in silos, and what this could mean for the future.

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions
Herb Schul, EY
Transformative Index

Dec 24, 2019

This episode’s question comes from Amelia, who is a part of an innovation team in her company. How can she get people outside the innovation team to think about innovation and overcome the ‘us vs. them’ mentality that has been created?

 

Creating an innovation team comes with the good intention of driving innovation, but unfortunately, it’s often a misguided step that leads to negative outputs. When you limit innovation to just one team, you’re not tapping into the full potential available in your organization and creating an ‘us vs. them’ mentality, which means ideas do not move forward or get implemented. It also has unintended consequences such as demoralizing the team, shutting down innovation across the rest of the organization, and removing the people who should be innovating away from where the work is happening.

 

The thing is, innovation is actually for everybody. Great solutions, ideas, and improvements come from all around your organization, not just one select team. I have some practical ways to move past these challenges, which focus on shifting your mindset from thinking of the team as enablers of innovation, rather than doers. I share some tactical strategies to get the ‘innovation team’ out of the doer mindset and into the enabler mindset so that they can be accountable for innovation, rather than responsible for it.

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Send Tamara Your Questions

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

 

Dec 20, 2019

This episode’s question comes from Ruth, who runs a direct sales home business with a great product; in all the training provided, they tell you to follow certain processes and systems to succeed. But when everyone else is doing the same thing and following the same steps, how do you stand out and be different?

 

The answer lies in setting yourself apart on three fronts: Competition, Comparison, and Customer.

 

Stand out from your competition by focusing on what’s in it for your customers. Everyone is always touting the benefits of their product or service, which is why speaking in a language that’s about what the customer is going to get out of it can be so powerful. I also explain why it’s important to create opportunities to surprise and delight your customers. You can also differentiate yourself by changing up the comparison set — think about what it means to compete against the real enemy. Finally, I share how you can create a bridge to what’s in your customer’s lives to create a connection that’s personal to them and distinguish yourself from everyone else.

 

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:

Dana Wilde

Dec 17, 2019

People often sabotage or hinder their creativity, and it has a lot to do with how they define creativity and approach it. The good news is, creativity doesn’t have to be a long and laborious process, and if we define it right, exercise the creative side of our brains more, and give ourselves time to mull over ideas instead of jumping to judgment so quickly, all of us can be creative and come up with innovative ideas. Roger Firestien has just the tools to help us all get creative.

 

Roger L. Firestien, Ph.D., has trained more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world. He is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creativity and Change Leadership at SUNY Buffalo, and the president of Innovation Resources, Inc. Roger is also the author of a new book, Create in a Flash: A Leader's Recipe for Breakthrough Innovation, in which he busts the myth that creativity, innovation, or coming up with new ideas is something laborious and that takes a lot of time and shares strategies for us to become more creative in our lives.

 

Creativity comes into play not just in the generation of ideas but also in the selection of ideas as well. Roger explains the importance of quantity in the idea generation stage, and how to select the best ideas to move forward and develop. He shares a useful tool to use when developing ideas: Pluses, Potentials, and Concerns, and really digs in with me to demonstrate how some of his tools can be implemented. We also discuss how to get to the root and find the REAL problem to solve, instead of getting distracted by the superficial one, and how to approach skeptics and conflict in a way that is healthy for 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:

Corporate IQE Certification Program

Roger Firestien rogerfirestien.com

Create in a Flash: A Leader's Recipe for Breakthrough Innovation, by Roger Firestien

Pet Rock

Chia Pet

Beyond Big and Little: The Four C Model of Creativity,” by James C. Kaufman
and Ronald A. Beghetto

Dr. Rex Jung

Leading on the Creative Edge, by Roger Firestien

Dec 13, 2019

How can big teams and companies tackle growth strategies? It often requires them to move faster, be more nimble, and make faster decisions — basically to act like a startup. But this is not something that comes easily to massive companies with multiple layers of processes and systems in place. Chris Roark helps organizations achieve that startup speed.

 

Chris Roark is a Managing Director with Accenture Strategy, where he leads competitiveness and zero-based cost management areas in North America. He works with leaders of consumer-packaged goods and industrial and retail companies, helping them drive enterprise value through innovative growth strategies, operating model designs, and structural costs resets. Chris also co-authored The Big Zero, a book that outlines how organizations can achieve startup speed at enterprise scale by adopting a Zero-Based Mindset.

 

The business landscape is changing, and that has an impact on the speed at which we need to do business. Chris explains what trust in the business context means and the consequences of diminished trust for companies looking to move with the agility to keep up with the times. He also dives into The Big Zero and how it works in helping companies get startup speed and enterprise scale. There needs to be a shift from Zero-Based Budgeting to Zero-Based Mindset — we need to go from being finance-driven to culture-driven, and that’s where the dynamic part of looking at things on a regular basis to adjust plans as the real world changes. We dig into the importance of having agility and optionality in maintaining competitiveness and why it is crucial for leaders to be mentors and coaches on this front.

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation Training for Individuals

Chris Roark

Accenture Strategy

The Big Zero: The transformation of ZBB into a force for growth, innovation and competitive advantage, by Kris Timmermans, Chris Roark, & Rodrigo Abdalla

Zero-Based Mindset

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leaders Guide to the Real World,
by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

 

Dec 10, 2019

We may not realize it but we’re all in sales and we’re all selling at any given time. Whether we’re leaders, team members, or actual sales staff, we need to communicate our ideas in a way that gets buy-in from other people. In the modern business landscape, it’s not enough to go for the hard sell — we need the softer skills to sell our ideas and that’s where Amy Franko comes in.

 

Amy Franko is a keynote speaker, sales strategist, and author of The Modern Seller, an Amazon bestseller which was also named a 2019 top sales book by Top Sales World. Amy’s specialization is in B2B sales and sales leadership development. She works with a variety of organizations to accelerate their growth results and has been recognized by Top Sales World as one of the top 50 sales keynote speakers and top 50 sales bloggers in the world.

 

Sales is ultimately about leadership and influence, and no matter how specialized or sophisticated your product or service, you will eventually reach a point where it becomes a commodity. Amy explains why connecting with new people and perspectives to keep from getting stuck in your own silos is so important to stay ahead of the competition, choices, and clutter. We also dig into how to do more to leverage your network to service your prospects and clients and to differentiate yourself. Amy gives us her unique take on the five dimensions of a modern seller and how you can tap into being agile, entrepreneurial, holistic, social, and an ambassador to become a better innovator and make a larger impact.

 

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:

Amy Franko

Amy Franko on LinkedIn

The Modern Seller: Sell More and Increase Your Impact in The New Sales Economy,
by Amy Franko

 

Dec 6, 2019

We’re adding in a new format to the podcast to answer your questions! Whatever your challenges, hurdles, and roadblocks are, I want to address them so that we can all keep learning and keep moving forward. I’d also love to hear of best practices of what’s worked for you in pushing innovation and change forward and how all of us can implement these ideas.

 

This episode’s question comes from Tracy: When there is an expectation for innovation, but the reality doesn’t correspond, how can you work around that?

 

There are two aspects to that the external perspective (which includes environment and culture), and internal perspective (how to improve getting buy-in for our ideas). There are three main things that keep us from innovating: fear, comfort, and constraint. Externally, constraints are the thing we need to address. It is impossible to tackle all the constraints that exist immediately. What you need to do is to look at the constraints in your system and remove the easiest ones first to get a little bit more traction. I also share ways to overcome a “no” to break down an external constraint.

 

From an internal perspective, we need to think about how to communicate our ideas in a way that will get buy-in, traction, and momentum. We’re all susceptible to “they” syndrome (blaming them for not seeing our brilliance) but not all the blame belongs to the other party. We need to get our ideas across in a way that makes them see opportunity and potential, rather than change, discomfort, and extra work. Also, as much as people want innovation, they don’t want others pushing their brilliance onto them, so find ways to include their brilliance and bring them into the conversation. Find out how “wet clay” can help with 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:

Send Tamara Your Questions

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

Dec 3, 2019

Increasingly more organizations are actually recognizing that they have to be more serious about culture than they ever have before. But why is culture so important, and how are we as leaders shaping our company culture? Jeff Grimshaw believes there are five key frequencies we need to tune into so that we can create the culture we want.

 

Jeff Grimshaw has worked with senior leaders for more than 25 years. Along the way, he’s helped hundreds of executives in dozens of companies to align people and strategy to produce important business results. Jeff is the co-author of two books and has also published articles in various publications. His latest book, Five Frequencies: Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Competitive Advantage, dives into the ways in which leaders create culture through the signals they broadcast.

 

Jeff breaks down the Five Frequencies, and how they make an impact on the culture you are trying to cultivate in your company.

1) Your decisions and actions — how can you strike a balance between showing and telling?

2) What you reward and recognize — what are some of the improvements that can be done so that the reward system aligns with what creates value?

3) What you tolerate or don’t tolerate -— that’s where a lot of crossed wires happen!

4) How you show up informally — first of all, it means you have to show up, and secondly, it is an opportunity to change the conversation.

5) Formal communication — how you can use this to amplify your signals on the other frequencies.

 

Getting the five frequencies in alignment helps you build a culture that fosters more innovation across the business. Find out how with Jeff.

 

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 Grimshaw on LinkedIn

@5frequencies on Twitter

The Five Frequencies: Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Competitive Advantage, by Jeff Grimshaw, Tanya Mann, Lynne Viscio, and Jennifer Landis

Reggie Eadie

Fishbone Diagramming Tool

 

Nov 29, 2019

One side of communication is how to be more innovative and create ideas, but the other side of this, and what I believe is the most essential element in communication — how to communicate your ideas and get buy-in. In today’s world where the facts don’t even seem to matter, how can you convince others? Lee Carter joins me to shed some light on persuasion and communication.

 

Lee Carter is a top communications specialist, a sought-after speaker, television personality, and author of Persuasion: Convincing Others When Facts Don’t Seem to Matter. As an expert in finding the right language to promote a brand or to fix a company’s reputation following a corporate crisis, Lee is skilled at not just communicating clearly or concisely, but also in the art of speaking the language of your audience.

 

It's great to have a good idea, but it's a whole different ball game to get buy-in for that idea, especially because we often think that ideas should stand on their own. Lee explains why it is so hard to get buy-in even when you have a great idea and why you need to be thinking about communicating changes in a way that makes people feel comfortable with it. Lee also touches on the big communications mistakes that people make and the impact of those mistakes as well as ways to uncover the barriers and obstacles that stop people from buying in. At the end of the day, it's all about knowing the language of your audience and talking to them in a way that reaches them — it boils down to having empathy in communication.

 

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:

Ideas For More Persuasive Communication Change Their Question

Lee Carter

Persuasion: Convincing Others When Facts Dont Seem to Matter, by Lee Carter

Apple

Amazon

Head Start

Nov 26, 2019

Would you climb Mt. Everest alone? Most of us would probably say no. Yet, when it comes to climbing the mountain of building a sustainable business, so many of us go at it alone, and ultimately fall off a cliff. That’s where business sherpa Tristan Wright comes in, to lend a hand to get you to the top, by providing you with the focus you need to lead your company to success.

Tristan Wright, founder of Evolve to Grow, offers business owners more than just buzzwords and vague advice. Built on the experience of his own business successes and failures, he shows business owners how to grow their businesses while reducing workload, and keep them focused and accountable along the way.

Why do we have such a hard time asking for help when it comes to building our business or moving our teams to the next level? Tristan breaks down the biggest challenges his clients face, and how he helps them figure out the next step in their business — it comes down to having clarity, vision, and an ultimate objective for your business and life. We also dive into the language we need to use to speak to themselves and the world differently to achieve our goals, the importance of focus, and the power of momentum to move your business forward bit by bit.

 

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:

Ask Tamara a Question

Tristan Wright

Tristan Wright on LinkedIn

Apple

The One Thing, by Gary Keller

Momentum is the Killer Edge Needed in Business,” by Tristan Wright

 

Nov 22, 2019

Most of us have a sense that if we’re really brilliant at our job, we’ll eventually get promoted to a leadership role, but something we often don’t realize is that doing and leading are two different things. And being great at doing, doesn’t mean that you’ll be great at leading. That’s because leadership is not an inherent skill — it's learned and trained. Chrisa Zindros Boyce is an expert on helping people figure out their leadership brand, and has some great insights on power shifting, and the importance of having a dream.

 

Chrisa has been a consultant, executive coach, and educator with the Handel Group since 2009. She works with serial entrepreneurs, perennial corporate executives, and established individual contributors around the world from a broad range of sectors including Finance, Legal Media, Entertainment, Fashion, Technology, and Government, to teach them how to define their leadership brand, strengthen their competitive edge and foster relationships that impact the bottom line.

 

Comfort is often a big reason for not changing. Chrisa explains how micro-changes and small nudges can be more effective in adding up to big changes, particularly when it comes to getting buy-in for innovative ideas. She also explains why climbing up the salary and responsibility ladder in an organization often decreases people’s ability to do their jobs and why having dreams for your career is so important (rather than getting stuck in goals). We dive into power shifting and discuss how we can make the mental shift to avoid listening to your ‘chicken’ and conceding defeat before you even begin through rescripting and reframing. Of course, all of this ties into how you can become a stronger leader and innovator — find out how with Chrisa.

 

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:

Burst of Innovation Live Video on website — drivers and resistors of change and innovation

Chrisa Zindros Boyce on LinkedIn

Handel Group

InnerU

Its Not Easy Being Green,” by Chrisa Zindros Boyce

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leaders Guide to the Real World,
by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

 

Nov 19, 2019

I recently realized how many people we have who are new to the community and I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about myself, my background, and the LaunchStreet journey. In particular, I want to share how I became obsessed with innovation as a key to human potential and to personal, professional and business success.

 

In this episode, I talk about my childhood — you’ll hear how my tendency to do things differently and challenge how things were done started at a young age, and my early career. Working at some of the biggest global agencies and interacting with international brands really shaped my outlook on innovation, as did my first (failed) business venture.

 

I am a strong believer that everyone should be obsessed with innovation, and that given the room and the ability to unleash it, everyone is and can be innovative in their own unique way. I relate the story of Steve, and why he is the reason I became obsessed with innovation, and my experience at Johnson & Johnson which pushed me to start focusing on innovation from the ‘people perspective,’ not the ‘process perspective.’ That incident also taught me that there’s a language to innovation — if you change your language, you change your outcomes. And really, our ability to innovate as humans is the key to living up to our potential and the key to staying relevant in changing times.

 

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:

Tamara Ghandour

UC Berkeley

REI

Johnson & Johnson

IQE

Ideas For More Persuasive Communication Change Their Question

 

Nov 15, 2019

Let’s face it: To be a good, effective leader in today’s complex and crowded marketplace, leaders need some new skills, and they are skills that we don’t normally talk about or associate with the traditional viewpoint of leadership — things like empathy and intuition. Apart from just the “right-brain” skills, leaders need to tap into their “left-brain” skills and put them all together in the form of Whole-Brain Leadership. Katherine LaVelle joins me on this episode to dive into just what this means.

 

Katherine LaVelle is the Managing Director and North America Lead for Talent and Organization at Accenture Strategy. She helps organizations develop and implement workforce transformation programs to improve employee performance and deliver bottom-line results. As an expert in Whole-Brain Leadership, she helps leaders to augment their traditional skills like critical reasoning, data analysis, making tough decisions with skills like creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, empathy, negotiation, intuition, and innovation.

 

Why don’t the traditional styles of leadership fit into the modern workforce? Katherine shares more about a unique group of people, “The Pathfinders,” and how they are disrupting the workforce, and why empathy and negotiation are becoming critical skills for leaders to develop. She also reveals a surprising skill leaders need to cultivate — intuition, and how to approach re-skilling yourself as a leader. Whole-Brain leadership can drive a culture where innovation thrives across the organization — find out how you can implement that in 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

Katherine LaVelle on Twitter

Whole-Brain Leadership

Accenture Strategy

StitchFix

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

 

Nov 12, 2019

We often take innovation, which should be an “all-the-time” thing, and turn it into a point-in-time exercise, and that’s where companies often get stuck and don’t see innovation happening in their organization. Innovation is about thinking differently across the board, and Tristan Kromer is helping companies make innovation actionable through experimentation.

 

Tristan Kromer is a lean startup coach and the founder of Kromatic, where he works with innovation teams to run at least one experiment or research study per week to improve their product and business models. He also works with teams and leaders within large companies to build innovation ecosystems that foster a culture of experimentation and encourages undertaking experimentation in a way that is not overwhelming.

 

Experimentation is one of the few ways in which we learn about what really works and what doesn’t so that we can optimize how real innovation happens. Tristan breaks down what often holds teams and organizations back from engaging in experimentation, and why running at least one experiment or research a week can be so beneficial in moving the product or business model forward. He also explains how experimentation helps reduce risk and uncertainty — the results often tell you whether you should pivot or persevere. Tristan has some great insights into what it takes to build an innovation ecosystem in your company. Remember, at the end of the day, it comes back to addressing the apathy and ambiguity around innovation and as leaders, we need to give our teams a clear direction of what we want to achieve.

 

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:

Tristan Kromer

Tristan Kromer on LinkedIn

Kromatic

Tough Mudder

Kat Cole, Former CEO and President of Cinnabon

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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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

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