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Sep 27, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

 

Steve Woodruff

ClarityFuel

Steve Woodruff on LinkedIn

Apple

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

Steven Pinker, Harvard, “The Curse of Knowledge

CrossFit

Peloton

 

Sep 24, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

Dr. Rex Jung

Dr. Rex Jung on Twitter

Threshold Theory of Creativity

Dean Keith Simonton (Equal Odds Rule)

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

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

 

Sep 20, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Pam Maynard on LinkedIn

Pam Maynard on Twitter @PamAvaGM

Avanade

Accenture

Microsoft

Spotify

TIDAL

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

 

Sep 17, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

Kristina Bergman on LinkedIn

Kristina Bergman on Twitter @KristinaKerr

Integris Software

GDPR

Ignition Partners

HonestCo

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

 

Sep 13, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

David Marquet

Turn the Ship Around!, by David Marquet

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

Leadership Nudges on YouTube

SS El Faro

Airbnb

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

 

Sep 10, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

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

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, by Jurgen Appelo

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

Start-up Nation, by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

Tough Mudder

Fortnite

Sep 3, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you are ready to:

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

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

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

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Jeff Gothelf

Jeff Gothelf on Twitter

Jeff Gothelf on Medium

Jeff Gothelf on LinkedIn

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

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

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

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

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