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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

 

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