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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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Jan 31, 2020

There’s no denying the shrinking gap between humanity and technology. What used to take us hours or days to do, can now be done by technology in a much shorter time. Change and digital disruption have become pervasive as technology and artificial intelligence (AI) advances in leaps and bounds, and it’s happening at all levels across all industries. At this juncture, the question we need to ask ourselves is how can we leverage technology to elevate ourselves and stay relevant?

 

The trick is we need to become a part of the insight workforce, and it’s possible for everyone to be a part of it. All we need to do is leverage the information and data provided by technology to provide insights, solutions, and innovative ideas. We have to tap into our most human capabilities — how innovative we are, and the flexibility and nimbleness of our minds that allows us to come up with creative solutions.

 

I have three ways to become a part of the insight workforce and be an innovative voice in your workplace, life, and community.

 

#1 — Never present the facts; always present the insights.

 

#2 — Be innovative. Start thinking differently about what’s right in front of you to create an advantage.

 

#3 — Be an innovative leader.

 

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

IQE Assessment

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1879: “Q&A — Staying Relevant in the Age of Technology with Tamara Ghandour”


Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” Report by McKinsey Global Institute

Jan 28, 2020

This episode’s question comes from Matthew, whose company recently implemented new software that will generate data and reports (previously one of his responsibilities). How can you ensure that you stay relevant when technology is now doing what you used to be valued for?

 

There’s no denying that technology is becoming more ubiquitous, and some of our tasks are being taken over by technology, software, or applications, regardless of the industry we’re in or our rank in our company. We may start wondering where our relevancy is, but really, we need to be thinking about how we can leverage technology to gain the advantage.

 

What we need to do is shift our mindsets. If you move from thinking about how technology is taking your job, to thinking about how technology frees you up and provides opportunities, that’s how you can create relevancy. Technology creates an incredible amount of opportunity for us to engage in strategic thinking, be innovative, and have a strong voice at the table. I have a set of questions you can ask yourself to get from information to insights so that you can provide solutions, opinions, and advice. Ultimately, in the age of technology, our value lies in the innovation and creativity we bring to the table.

 

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

Jan 24, 2020

This episode’s question comes from Morgan, who is facing a few work challenges she can’t seem to overcome. If you’re feeling like your brain is on a hamster wheel trying the same things over and over again, how do you get unstuck?

 

A lot of us have experienced this at some point. We’re approaching a problem and for some reason, we end up banging our head against the same brick wall, and can’t find a way around/over/under/to remove it. I have three super simple tools and exercises that you can use to get unstuck.

 

#1 — The questions you ask determine the answers you receive, so you have to start asking new questions. I share two strategies to start asking different questions: Word Game and Flip It.

 

#2 — Overcome your unconscious bias. Your primal mind is working against you because it’s trying to stay in alignment and avoid “new and different.” I have two strategies that you can use to trick your brain into letting in new ideas and different patterns of thought to see fresh perspectives.

 

#3 — Idea storm or mind map from the solutions you create. Use your solution as a springboard and starting point for new ideas.

 

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

IQE Pro Innovation Toolkit

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1872: “The Primal Mind (Part 1 of 2)”

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1875: “The Primal Mind (Part 2 of 2)”

Jan 21, 2020

Today’s marketplace is an ever-changing and rapidly evolving landscape. If you’re not paying attention to what’s actually happening in your marketplace, it’s easy to fall behind, even if you’ve reached the pinnacle of success — and this often happens to many companies. Not to Jeff Platt though, who has had continued success and impressive results with SkyZone.

 

Jeff Platt is the President of SkyZone, an international franchise chain of indoor trampoline parks. With operations across the world in places as diverse as Mexico, Australia, and Saudi Arabia, SkyZone continues to see great success in the active entertainment industry.

 

As consumers demand more and more extreme experiences, what has SkyZone done to ensure that they are still relevant in their industry? Jeff explains his strategies to stay relevant to their customers by looking for inspiration in unlikely places, and the importance of staying connected to franchise owners and teams on the ground. We discuss SkyZone’s global strategy for growth, including being flexible enough to adapt to different cultures, the challenges (both from a business growth perspective and a leadership perspective) Jeff has faced as the company has grown, and how he has tackled them. Jeff’s advice? Keeping your finger on the pulse of your customers and your company.

 

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

Jeff Platt on LinkedIn

SkyZone

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1743: “How To Grow Your Business Into A Global Powerhouse with Jeff Platt

Nerf

Oculus Rift

Focus@Will

DoGood

American Cancer Society

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Jan 17, 2020

We often think of change and innovation as linked to disruption, but does disruption really create growth for your company? Charlene Li, an expert who has been helping companies grow for decades, has a different take on disruption. She firmly believes that disruption doesn’t create growth — it’s the opposite; growth creates disruption, and we dive into what that distinction means and why it can be so powerful.

 

For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet, and an expert on digital transformation, leadership, customer experience and the future of work. She has authored six books, including The New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest book is the bestseller The Disruption Mindset, which we discuss in this interview.

 

Disruption is something that happens in businesses and industries, but it’s not necessarily the first goal when you start. Charlene explains the how and the why behind disruption, and shares relevant case studies that bring the concept of disruption to life in a more tangible way. She also illustrates how growth creates disruption, not the other way around, and why defining your future customer is a critical aspect of growth and innovation. We discuss what it takes to make “big gulp” decisions, how leaders can cultivate a movement of disruptors, and why sometimes, we just need to get out of our own way.

 

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, by Tamara Ghandour (Pre-Order)

Charlene Li

Charlene Li on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Open Leadership, by Charlene Li

Groundswell, by Charlene Li

The Disruption Mindset, by Charlene Li

Altimeter

T-Mobile

WeWork

Larry Page

ING Bank

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement” (TED Talk)

 

Jan 14, 2020

We often think that we consciously make all our decisions, but the truth is, the primal mind is often in control. We need to understand and harness it so that we can become stronger innovators and leaders who are more relevant and valuable in the work that we do while getting ourselves unstuck and avoiding sabotaging ourselves. In this episode, Derrick Kuhn and I continue our discussion about the primal mind.

 

To me, the primal mind is a lot like online dating. I explain why, just like in online dating, we often need to start with what gets you in the door, before getting more detailed and nuanced. Derrick and I explore some of the strategies to get full engagement from both the primal mind and the rational mind, and why decision fatigue can be so damaging when it comes to making high-quality decisions. We discuss how we can best conserve mental firepower for the right tasks and avoid decision fatigue, the role of mindless scrolling on social media in draining our energy, and some actionable steps you can take to harness your primal mind. If you’ve never thought you could deceive your own brain, have a listen to this discussion to find out why that may be happening more often than you think.

 

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:

Derrick Kuhn on LinkedIn

Brillity Digital

The Persuasion Code: How Neuromarketing Can Help You Persuade Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, by Christophe Morin and Patrick Renvoise

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Deep Work, by Cal Newport

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1872: “The Primal Mind (Part 1 of 2)”

TED Talks

Marie Kondo

Basecamp

Atomic Habits, by James Clear

The Elephant in the Brain, by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson

Bernie Madoff

Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (Netflix Documentary)

Jan 10, 2020

You may have noticed that in some organizations, everyone seems to be on the same page and moving forward together as if pulled along by an invisible force. In other organizations, everyone seems to be scattered in different directions and perhaps even pulling each other down. What causes this, and how can you get your team moving in the direction of innovation? Katherine Radeka has the answers.

 

With over 13 years of experience working with multinational companies globally, Katherine Radeka, Executive Director of the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute, is an expert who has time-tested insight into what it takes to drive teams toward innovation. She focuses on helping companies create the corporate culture, infrastructure, and strategy necessary to strengthen existing innovation teams, close knowledge gaps faster, and optimize product innovation programs. Her new book, High Velocity Innovation: How to Get Your Best Ideas to Market Faster, lays out best practices and methods to help business leaders remove barriers to innovation and get their best ideas to market faster.

 

Creating a pull for innovation really needs to start with the strategic imperative — leaders need to understand where and why the company needs innovation, and communicate that to the whole company so everyone is in alignment. Katherine reveals some of the common resistors and forces that counter the pull of innovation and how to deal with them, as well as why velocity is important to innovation in taking advantage of windows of opportunity as they open up. We also dive into why delaying decisions can make the company more responsive to the dynamic marketplace, how to make real-time decisions, and where learning cycles tie into this.

 

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:

Katherine Radeka

High Velocity Innovation: How to Get Your Best Ideas to Market Faster,
by Katherine Radeka

Rapid Learning Cycles Institute

Gallagher

Sunpower

Trimax Mowing Systems NZ

Jan 7, 2020

We’re all familiar with the concept that taking great risks can result in great rewards but shifting our mindset and perspective to actually take those huge leaps can be difficult. When we are so used to taking tiny baby steps and seeing incremental progress, we often find ourselves paralyzed with fear to take a big leap but that’s exactly what we need to do to reap the rewards. Allison Maslan helps business owners go from a 10% mindset to a 50X growth mindset, and in this episode, she shares her insights.

 

Allison Maslan is the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, a private mentoring and mastermind enterprise that is certified by WBENC. Along with her team of CEO Mentors, Allison has guided thousands of business owners over the past 10 years to scale their companies, fast-track their success, and create a more meaningful life. Allison is also the author of Wall Street Journal Best-seller, Scale or Fail, which outlines 17 different strategies for business owners to take their businesses to the next level.

 

How can you get from a 10% mindset to a 50X growth mindset? Allison explains how she helps people through the fear factor of taking huge risks to get great rewards, and her strategies to drive innovative thinking and overcome fear. We also dive into how business owners can find their multipliers across all the different elements of the business, why letting go of control in your business can be scary but is critical to scaling up, and the five phases of building a team-managed company. Allison’s biggest advice to leaders is to replace yourself — find out why you should be focusing on working on your business instead of in your business.

 

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:

Allison Maslan

Scale or Fail, by Allison Maslan

Pinnacle Global Network

Homeopathic Academy of Southern California

Dog is Good

Cold Storage Construction

 

Jan 3, 2020

I often get questions about what I’m reading, what I’m learning out of it, how it impacts how I think about my personal and professional life, and how it helps me grow and evolve as a human being. In this episode, Derrick Kuhn, my friend and the person who provides me with a lot of my book recommendations, and I are digging into the primal mind.

 

Derrick Kuhn, owner of Brillity Digital, a digital marketing and business strategy company, has been a serial entrepreneur since 2001. As a voracious reader, Derrick has encountered a multitude of business platitudes, bad advice, and business folklore that do more harm than good, which is why we are discussing some of this advice to see what works, what doesn’t and how you can apply some of the valuable concepts to your business and life.

 

What is the primal mind? It is the driver of so many decisions we make on a daily basis, to the point that we don’t even notice it sometimes. Derrick and I discuss how our ‘lizard brain’ and emotions come into play when making decisions over the rational mind, and how we can distinguish which part of the brain is making the decisions. The thing is, whenever we have a stress response, our ability to engage in critical thinking, creativity, innovation and any kind of rational thought is reduced, and we may not be thinking about opportunities because we're functioning on autopilot. Derrick and I share some of our strategies to control and overcome your primal mind, and if you want to find out how your primal mind is like online dating, tune in to next week’s episode for Part 2 of this fascinating discussion with Derrick.

 

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:

Derrick Kuhn on LinkedIn

Brillity Digital

Goodcents

The Persuasion Code: How Neuromarketing Can Help You Persuade Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, by Christophe Morin and Patrick Renvoise

Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Deep Work, by Cal Newport

 

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