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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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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…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

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

 

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