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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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Mar 31, 2020

Leadership right now is in a really tricky place because things are not only uncertain, but they’re also out of our control. With the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we as leaders need to adapt to the times and guide our teams through this situation. The time for shock and panic is over, and it is now time for us to find ways to move forward. To do this, we need to lead in a way that shows strength and courage, but also vulnerability and authenticity.

 

Here are five of my strategies that can help you navigate these uncertain times and be the leader your team needs.

  1. Realism over optimism — Approaching your team with an overly optimistic perspective that doesn’t include any reality minimizes the trust that people have in you. Instead, realism and transparency can provide people with the confidence they need to move forward.

  2. Action over answers — People know that you don’t have all the answers but they want to know you’re taking action.

  3. Investment over workload — At a time when it is tempting to put our heads down and focus on work and being productive, we need to show our teams that we are also investing in them and care about their growth and development.

  4. Innovation over restriction — Innovation has always been about navigating through uncertainty and finding ways to do things differently, and these are unique circumstances that you can lean into.

  5. Empathy over authority — Everyone is dealing with their own frustrations and worries, and as leaders, we need to acknowledge that and provide our teams with the space to express that, by being empathetic to their concerns.

 

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

Six-Part Online Innovation Class: The Six Keys To Being A High-Performing Innovation Leader

Burst of Innovation How To Lead During Uncertain Times

Burst of Innovation Seven Stages of Change

Burst of Innovation Disruption and Distraction

Kübler-Ross Model

 

Mar 24, 2020

Almost every organization has legacy thinkers and we have to deal with them to get things done. They’re often the people in senior leadership and have years of experience under their belts but they can be frustrating to work with because of their resistance to innovation and new ideas. They’ve got the been-there-done-that mentality to the point of holding the rest of us back, or they tend to have an ‘I know better and I’ve seen more than you’ attitude that shuts down ideas. There are also legacy thinkers who love to relive their glory days and successes of years past, which keeps them from opening up to new ideas today.

 

The thing with legacy thinkers is that we need them — they have experience, they sit in leadership roles — for whatever reason, we need to find ways to get them on board with change and onboard with the innovation that we’re trying to put forward. So how can we do this?

 

I have four strategies that can break down these barriers legacy thinkers have against change and innovation, and to get them behind these ideas to move the organization forward.

1. Have empathy

2. Honor past work

3. Connect the dots

4. Guided questions

These simple yet effective strategies are the key to changing the mindset of legacy thinkers and tapping into their expertise and experience to innovate.

 

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

IQE Assessment

Burst of Innovation How to Get Legacy Thinkers On Board With Change

Mar 17, 2020

How much do you trust your own ability to think creatively and figure things out, without depending on the advice or opinions of an expert? Carol Sanford believes that for most of us, it’s not enough.

Carol Sanford describes herself as a lifelong learner and an educator who helps people develop themselves into more conscious, creative, innovative, and intentional human beings. Author of multiple books, and host of multiple podcasts including Business Second Opinion, Carol has over four decades of experience in helping companies challenge accepted best practices. Her recently released book The Regenerative Life — Transform Any Organization, Our Society and Your Destiny explores the nine regenerative roles that people adopt in different situations.

 

What is wrong with our society's current idea of who can change the world, and why don’t we have the consciousness, capacity, and courage to check in with ourselves? Carol explains how the “expert model” has led to us undervaluing ourselves and our ability to think, create, and use our own minds to figure things out. She also shares the dangers of putting people into boxes and labeling them, as well as the importance of reflection in growing and innovating. She has some fascinating insight about discovering your essence, the nine regenerative roles, and how to tap into them in different situations.

 

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

Carol Sanford

Carol Sanford Institute

SEED Communities

Second Opinion on Business Practice Podcast

Email Carol Sanford

The Regenerative Life: Transform Any Organization, Our Society, and Your Destiny, by Carol Sanford

John Watson, Founder of Behavioral Psychology

Enneagram

Here & Now, NPR

Mar 10, 2020

Everybody wants innovation and change, but most people don’t break from the path that they’re on. Why is getting stuck in our own path such a challenge when it comes to innovating and how can we get out of it? Jeremy Gutsche joins me on this episode to share some of his insights about developing disruptive thinking, both individually and at the organizational level.

 

Jeremy Gutsche is the founder of TrendHunter, a global crowdsourcing platform that helps you spot and understand trends. He is also a New York Times bestselling author and has just released his latest book, Create the Future: Tactics for Disruptive Thinking. Jeremy’s forward-thinking mind and ability to connect the dots in insightful ways is unique and he helps shed new light on the challenge of innovation.

 

What do horse butts have to do with rocket ships? Jeremy reveals how dependent we are on our past decisions, why that translates into people getting caught in their own path instead of finding the other paths of opportunity, and how looking at the problem from a different perspective can help you break out of that rut. We also dive into managing innovation like a stock portfolio, why disruptive ideas move slowly until the knockout punch, and how we can change our environment to produce better, more innovative 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:

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

Jeremy Gutsche

TrendHunter

Create The Future, by Jeremy Gutsche

Everyday Innovator Style Assessment

Making the Elephant Dance: The Tata Way to Innovate, Transform and Globalize,
by Sunil Mithas

Tony Hunter

 

Mar 3, 2020

Have you ever looked at a product or seen an ad and wondered how someone thought to come up with that idea? Whether it’s good or bad, these are the ideas that are innovative and groundbreaking and they stick with us. One of those such products is RightRice, and its founder, Keith Belling joins me on this interview to share more about how he took on a big and traditional industry in a new and innovative way.

 

Keith Belling is the Founder & CEO of RightRice, a product that reinvents the concept of rice, and which sold over one million bags in its first year. Keith is a proven entrepreneur and innovator, and RightRice is his second foray into disrupting the F&B industry — his first being Popchips, a wildly successful food product. He is a master of following a frustration he has, figuring out how to solve it in a unique and meaningful way, and turning the solution into a business.

 

Opportunities in the marketplace are abundant, but we need to know where to look and how to approach these opportunities. Keith explains how to approach a really established, traditional marketplace with alternative products, and why it’s so important to bring to market something that’s meaningful and differentiated. We also discuss what it takes to cast off the baggage of past failures in the industry when trying to innovate, and what the future holds for RightRice in terms of competition.

 

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

Keith Belling

Right Rice.com

Instagram

Popchips

Turner Duckworth

IDEO

Whole Foods

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